A word from 2021 President, Brian Graeber
It is an honor to be selected as the President of the 85th Fort Bend County Fair. The Fort Bend County Fair is a long-standing tradition and is recognized as one of the top fairs in the state. We have faced a difficult 2020 because of the COVID virus and thanks to the hard work of my colleagues on the fair board and the office staff we were able to crown a queen and pull together a successful livestock show. With that said my goal for the 2021 fair is to get things back to as normal as possible since we still do not know all the effects the virus will have on the way things will be done going forward. I will work with the board to ensure that all scenarios are looked at and work to have a plan for each one. My goal is that we will go back to business as usual, and enjoy the fair as we all know it.
I grew up in a big family, with two brothers and five sisters. My mom and dad worked very hard to instill very strong family values in all of us. My dad worked long hours to provide for us as my mom stayed home to keep our home life stable. Although I did not participate in raising livestock growing up, I did learn at a very early age about giving back to the community. From a very young age I used to go with my dad when he was doing his part to help out in the community. I am a lifetime committee member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where I worked my way up to Vice Chairman in the Metro Go Texan division. I also spend many hours working with the Knights of Columbus organization in Needville. I began volunteering at the Fort Bend County Fair around 1980 working with a local organization in their vendor booth. I participated in the BBQ cook off for a number of years and eventually joined the cook off committee. I worked my way up to Co-chairman of the BBQ committee. I was elected to the board of directors for the Fort Bend County Fair in 2014.Since becoming a member of the board I have participated in all aspects of the fair and have learned that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to put on the fair.
I know that with the dedicated office staff and Board of Directors we will do what it takes to have a successful fair. We cannot forget the many volunteers and sponsors, without them, our fair would not have been the success it has been for the last 84 years. I look forward to us all working together for the future leaders of our community. What we do today creates our path for tomorrow. Our families work to insure a bright future for the youth of the county. “One Family, One Mission.”
Being involved in so many volunteer activities over the years would not have been possible without the continued support of my wife, Patty, my sons Jared and Blake along with their families, and my daughter Shelby. All of them have followed my lead and participate in the fair and many other community events as contestants or volunteers, always giving back to the community.
If you are a regular attendee, volunteer at the fair, or if you have never been. I would like to personally invite you to come out to the 2021 Fort Bend County Fair and let’s make some new friends and memories that can last a lifetime.
See you at the fair!
Brian Graeber, President
Fort Bend County Fair Association