Parade celebrates start of rodeo season
Hundreds gathered to watch the 2018 Fort Bend County Fair Parade as it kicked off the official start of rodeo season on Friday, Sept. 28. The parade featured more than 200 entries including the Houston Astro’s Championship World Series Trophy, which served as Parade Marshall for the event.
The Fort Bend County Fair continues until Sunday, Oct. 7, and features carnival rides for kids and adults, tasty festival food, live music, a competitive BBQ cook-off, a livestock show and a lively mix of rodeo events nightly.
The live music entertainment lineup features a number of top performers including the Spazmatics on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 9 p.m., Randall King (8 p.m.) and John Conlee (10 p.m.) on Friday, Oct. 5, the Drew Fish Band (9 p.m.) and Parker McCollum (11 p.m.) on Saturday, Oct. 6, and Jake Hooker and the Outsiders at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, on the main concert stage. Hayden Baker will perform at the Silver Spur Club starting at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6.
The rodeo also features competitive rodeo events nightly to include the Chad Thames Calf Roping competition at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, the calf scramble and bucket calf show at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct.5 and Mutton Bustin’ on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. Top ranked professional cowboys and cowgirls will compete for prizes during the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events scheduled Thursday through Sunday.
A championship barbecue cook-off is scheduled Friday and Saturday and the Junior Livestock Show is being held on Thursday. The rodeo carnival will be open until 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday (Oct. 1-3) and until midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (Oct. 4-6). On Sunday, Oct. 7, the carnival is open until 8 p.m. For complete rodeo events information, visit fortbendcountyfair.com.
The Fort Bend County Fairgrounds is located at 4310 Highway 36 South.