Since 1933, the Fort Bend County Fair has been pulling in thousands from all over the region. For almost 80 years the focus has been on youth programs and since 1977 hundreds of scholarships have been awarded to Fort Bend Students.
The fair opened its 10 day run Friday with a parade and the first day of what will be exhibits rides and food.
Fort Bend schools were out so students and their families could enjoy the parade and the fun day which featured races and competitive events for kids of all ages. All the kids had their names in a drum and several lucky ones were able to take home new bikes!
Holly Tarkin took a nose dive as she finished a potato race, where she said the technique was tough to master.
“You have to squeeze the potato just right between your legs as you hop. Not easy to do,”she said.
Holly took 4th in her heat but still felt like a winner. When asked if she'd rather be in school she said,“No way!”
Yes this is the hot ticket in Fort Bend County for the next week or so with no lack of things to do.
There was food galore, western wear, exhibits, several rodeos and hundreds of youngsters competing in the show categories.
Local 2 caught up with Taylor Hoelsher, a freshman and Fort Bend Austin High School. He will be showing his goat, Buddy.
“He's got as good a chance as any of them to win,” Hoelsher said as he walked Buddy to his holding pen.
Taylor pointed out the areas of Buddy's body that will be attractive to the judges and indicated the hind part of his body and said it is typically the best part for eating.
“Can you look Buddy in the eye, knowing that he might very well end up on someone's plate?” Local 2’s Khambrel Marshall asked.
“I love my goat,” Hoelsher said. “But it's a pretty good bet that most animals sooner or later will end up on a plate!”
The Fair runs until Sunday, October 6 and the general admission is $12.