Fort Bend County Fair Association  | FAIR TIMES NEWSLETTER  |  December 2016

Rosenberg, Texas

President's Letter
A word from the 2017 FBCFA
President, Ernest Lawson

I am pleased and honored to serve as the President of the Fort Bend County Fair Association and represent the entire 1200+ members countywide. As my term as your 81st president begins, I reflect on all the amazing things that have occurred in the last 81 years of this great organization: from the continued annual record attendance, the excitement that abounds our many events, the continued support of our amazing volunteers and sponsors, the growing record number of scholarships given to the youth annually, the great family memories, and now the building of a new George Barn. There are many exciting things occurring at our fair. What a great time to be a member of the best county fair in Texas!

As president, it is my goal to continue to lead the board within the mission of the fair association and continue our strategic growth plan. The 81st Annual Fort Bend County Fair theme will be “Serving Youth Today For A Better Tomorrow.” I carefully chose this theme to remain consistent with my reason for volunteering and serving the youth of today, who are our leaders of tomorrow. Fort Bend County has youth pride that runs countywide, and I am proud to call it my home.

We have an excellent board of directors, and I would like to welcome our new board members whose terms began on November 10, 2016. They are Tim Jakubik, Erin Gorka, and Roy Mercer. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the hard work of our staff. Cindy Schmidt and her staff work tirelessly to orchestrate all fair events year round. Whether it is our February Tejano Valentine’s Dance, May fishing tournament – Boots and Buckles On The Bay, April crawfish boil, August Downtown Wine Stomp, September Committeemen’s and Life Members Dance, September Sponsor dinner, or of course our ten day action-packed fair, this group does an amazing year round job. I encourage you to be on the watch for these events and get actively involved. You can find more information about each event by accessing or contacting Cindy and her staff at 281-342-6171.

I would like to thank my family for supporting and encouraging me along life’s journey. My wife Lisa, and children Michael, Macy, Jacob, and Grace have always inspired me to be a better person today than I was yesterday. Thank y’all, and I love you very much!

In closing, we can be very optimistic about the future of our county and our fair association. I thank you for the opportunity to serve as your president, and I look forward to an exciting year ahead. Now let us get started “serving the youth of today for a better tomorrow!”

Ernest Lawson

Miss Rodeo America
Crown Comes Back to Texas!

Congratulations to Lisa Lageschaar from Pickton, Texas, who was crowned Miss Rodeo America 2017. Lisa, as Miss Rodeo Texas, visited the Fort Bend County Fair and took part in several events. The new Miss Rodeo America has a Masters of Education in Agricultural Services and Development from Stephen F. Austin State University. As a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and Texas Cattle Women, Lisa is passionate about agriculture and the western lifestyle.

During her visit, Lisa conducted media interviews, participated in the Exceptional Rodeo, carried the American Flag at the PRCA rodeo, and spent time visiting with fair goers. An unforgettable moment for Lisa was when her horse went into a buck as they exited the arena after the National Anthem. As a true horsewoman, Lisa held on and never dropped the flag.

Lisa has been an active member in her community, giving back to the local youth through programs like Future Farmers of America and 4-H. She has mentored many students on public speaking, veterinary science, floriculture, horse evaluation, livestock judging and more.

Being a positive example is important to Lisa and this belief is what lead her to pursue her chosen profession as an educator. Not only does she teach on the importance of agriculture as it relates to our future, but she also strives to instill values like humility, hard work, and integrity. When time allows Lisa enjoys participating in team roping, barrel racing, and working on the family dairy farm.

“As a first generation American, and someone who did not come from an equestrian background, I quickly found a way into the equine industry. Through my experience and education, I have evolved into a woman who is passionate about horses, rodeo, agriculture, and the western way of life. I was not chosen by this lifestyle, but I chose to make it my lifestyle. The equine and agriculture industries have brought me more joy and happiness than I could have ever imagined, and it is my calling to give back to the industries that have given me everything by serving as an enthusiastic, proud representative. As Miss Rodeo America I will be able to serve as a spokeswoman on a larger scale, as a living example of how it doesn’t matter where someone comes from or what their circumstances are – anyone can accomplish anything they put their mind to.”

The Miss Rodeo America organization is excited to work with Lisa for the next year while she is traveling the United States as the official representative of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Save the Date
Go Tejano Dance Announced

The date is set! Join the fun and the tradition of the Fort Bend County Fair’s Go Tejano Committee Valentine's Day Dance on February 11, 2017.  The entertainment line-up is still being made final. Stay connected, as more details will soon be released!

Bonnie Beard Honored 
Ag Center Bears Name

Coming this April is the Bonnie Beard Agricultural Center. Beard is an iconic Dulles High School teacher and is known as a trailblazer in the agricultural education. The once rodeo champion and now cancer survivor has had a teaching career that spans 40 years – 39 of which at Dulles High School where she has influenced students to become involved in agricultural, inspired her peers to further their careers, and has impacted generations of families as an educator. Beard’s students have earned countless Grand Champions Livestock titles, Ag mechanics achievements and endless Livestock Judging recognition.

The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees voted to name its newest agriculture facility the Bonnie Beard Agriculture Center last month. The Center will be located adjacent to Travis High School. “Bonnie is a legendary educator and community leader,” said Dr. Christie Whitbeck, FBISD Deputy Superintendent. “She has not only helped influence FFA students at Dulles, but across other FBISD schools and in the state of Texas. She has left a legacy and paved the way for female and male agriculture education instructors throughout the state, and her passion and love of students and teaching has inspired generations of teenagers with a love for the land, animals, and traditions of Texas.”
As per board policy, Fort Bend ISD asked the community to submit nominations for the new facility during the month of September and then established a committee to select the name. The committee consisted of teachers, community/parent/student representatives, and District staff, as well as FBISD Trustee Dave Rosenthal.

“We received multiple nominations for Bonnie, all describing the difference that she has made in the lives of students and fellow teachers. She is certainly well-deserving of this recognition, and we are proud to have her as part of the FBISD family,” said Whitbeck.

Congrats to you Bonnie Beard!

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• Go Tejano Committee Valentine's Dance – February 11, 2017

• Crawfish Boil - April 7, 2017

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4310 Hwy. 36 South
Rosenberg, TX  77471

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