81st Annual Fort Bend County Fair and Rodeo "Serving Youth Today for a Better Tomorrow"
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President's Letter

"Serving Youth Today for a Better Tomorrow."

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 FBC 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 www.FortBendCountyFair.com 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 childrenMichael, 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 - President
Fort Bend County Fair

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