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This will be the 62nd Annual Fair in which our community has come together in support of the youth of this great county. During the last 62 years, our Fair, Rodeo and BBQ Cook-Off have grown tremendously. We consider it the best little county fair in the state, and our statistics back us up! The Montgomery County Fair Association has taken home top honors as the "Best County Fair" (by attendance 50-100K), for the past 3 years - awarded by the Texas Association of Fair's and Events.

The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Agricultural Division began holding what became known as "Field Days," literally, a day spent in someone's field. Throughout the years, the location was moved to various local ranches and farms where different activities were added. During the early 1960's, the annual Field Day events began to vaguely resemble the Montgomery County Fair, as it is known today. By 1965, when the Candy Cane Park Pavilion was three years old, the show and auction had completely outgrown the new quarters. The auction had to be held at the Cow Palace auction barn east of Conroe. By 1967, even the area near the Cow Palace auction barn had become too small for the still expanding Junior Livestock Show. By 1968, the Montgomery County Fairgrounds would become the new site for the Junior Livestock Show. The Livestock Show had become a "baby giant" of the Chamber of Commerce by 1977. 1978 was an organizational year and the Montgomery County Fair became incorporated in 1979. It has been going strong ever since, adding all the activities and fun that make a great County Fair! In 1985 the Fair Offices were moved to the Fairgrounds and remain there today. The Fair Association has added an Exhibit Building and two Livestock Barns over the years. The "Lone Star Expo Center" was built and ready for use for the 2001 Fair. The Rodeo was the first major event held in the arena.
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We estimate that about 1,300 exhibitors will show an animal in the 2019 Fair. About that same number of exhibitors will show in the Jr. Non-Livestock Division.

In addition, there are approximately 200 exhibitors in the Adult Home Economics Show and 150 exhibitors in the Special Education Show and Sale.

Volunteers

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There are approximately 725 committeemen and women who serve on 64 committees. Most of the committees will meet at least twice, but usually 3 or 4 times annually to plan the events of the upcoming fair. These volunteers are the central force and heart of our organization! We could not continue to make and break records without them, their dedication, hard work and sacrifice!

Congratulations to Michelle Bischof and Glenn Speight on winning a well-deserved Committeemen of the Year award. We appreciate all of your heard work and dedication to the MCFA!

Auctions

In 2018, the Jr. Non-Livestock Auction's total was a runner-up record at $221,740 derived from the sale of 75 items. The Jr. Livestock Auction totaled $856,509 from the sale of 135 items and the Replacement Heifer Auction concluded with a total of $74,450 in sales.

Over the past twenty nine years, just the Livestock Auction alone has earned just under $20,000,000.00, paid back to the youth of Montgomery County!

In 2015, the Livestock Auction reached a record-breaking total with $960,305.00.

In 2016, the Livestock Auction recognized a new record for the Grand Champion Steer, purchased for $80,000.00 by Keystone Concrete, exhibited by Miss Bailey Carwile of Montgomery, TX.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR EXHIBITORS!

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Carnival

The Carnival will be provided by Crabtree Amusements for the 2018 Fair. "Fun Passes" will be sold for $75.00 and this entitles a person to ride the rides for the entire run of the Fair as many times as they wish. We will also employ the latest technology, Magic Money, featuring app-purchase capability and on-site reloading options!

They will run special armband days and on Special Education Day Crabtree will provide free rides and drinks for these "special" kids.
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Rodeo

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We will open with a two (2) day CPRA Rodeo on Friday and Saturday nights. Events include Bull Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Calf Roping and Barrel Racing. A traditional Texas Ranch Rodeo will be on Sunday afternoon. Some of the industry's most talented entertainers are present to announce the rodeo and provide interim comedy and other performances!

The rodeo will be preceded with Youth Rodeo Events complete with Mutton Bustin', Stick-Horse Racing, Goat Ribbon Pulling and more!

In 1991, a Calf Scramble was incorporated into the Rodeo, awarding eight (8) 4-H Exhibitors and eight (8) FFA exhibitors an $800 certificate to purchase a Breeding Heifer to raise for the next year's Fair. Because of generous donors, this number has grown to 20 exhibitors currently. Sponsors are obtained and since 1991, we have had hundreds of exhibitors benefit from this program. Scholarships are given to 1st-3rd place overall. First place overall is $3,000.00; Second Place overall is $2,000.00 and Third Place overall is $1,000.00. The certificate to date is for $1,750.00 with $250.00 being awarded to each participant that completes the program and returns to the show the following year.

The Montgomery County Fair will also showcase many officials and dignitaries in a Grand Entry along with presenting Fair Queen Candidates each night. The Fair Queen crowning taking place during the rodeo on Saturday night.

Special Days & Events

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During the Montgomery County Fair, you are sure to find something for everyone.

Concerts begin following the rodeo performances on the first Friday and Saturday of the Fair.

Entertainment on the grounds during opening weekend include educational exhibits in the Buckalew Chevrolet AG Knowledge Barn. Stop in to visit the petting zoo, pony rides, watch baby animals be born, hatching baby chicks, various farm animals, goat mountain and much more!

Other entertainment included various thrill shows, magic shows, strolling transformers and pig/goat/dog races.


Monday and Tuesday is Kid's Day where special events have been planned for school-aged participants.

Tuesday is Senior Citizen's Day, full of food, entertainment, bingo, door prizes, and FUN!

The Special Education Show and Field Trip Day is Friday with the Auction following on Monday evening.

The Jr. Non-Livestock Auction is immediately following the Special Education Auction on Monday . The Livestock Auction will take place on Wednesday night at the Lone Star Convention Center where Buyers are treated to food and drink. The Replacement Heifer Auction ends the weeks livestock events on Thursday.

The Country Store is open for the duration of the Fair where adults who enter the adult division of the Fair may sell their handmade items. 4-H and FFA's that have entered the Fair may participate in the Country Store, but may only sell as a group. Stop in to find all the fair-branded apparel you could ever need, including shirts, caps and koozies (check your admission tickets for a coupon).

If you are 21 or older and looking for a place to kick back, relax and wet your whistle, one of two venues may be just what you need! Visit the Sippin' at Sunset Wine Garden or the Horseshoe club to take a break and enjoy the live music!

Bud Light Barbecue Cookoff

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Approximately 150 teams will be competing for the Montgomery County Fair Barbecue Cookoff Championship. Teams will begin moving in Thursday, April 4TH and they will begin "cooking" Friday, April 5TH and a Champion will be named on Saturday, April 6TH. Shuttle Buses will run on Friday and Saturday of the Cookoff from Sams on 336/45 and the Outlet Mall at 45/League Line Road .

Awards are given for Brisket, Ribs, Chicken and Pulled Pork categories. In addition - teams participate in Special Events such as Outhouse Races, Most Congenial Team, Best Dressed Port-a-can, Most Colorful and Most Imaginative Team.

The annual Horseshoe Pitching Contest and Washer Pitching Contests are held, in addition to a Corn Hole Tournament.

Scholarships

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The Scholarship Program went into full swing in 1993 when the Scholarship Trailride Committee was established. The funds raised went to establishing scholarships for graduating seniors. Along with the proceeds from the Scholarship Trailride, a percentage of the Livestock and Non-Livestock Auctions of the Fair are taken to make up our scholarship program. Since the program began in 1993 over $2 million has been awarded to Montgomery County youth!

Attendance

More than 65,000 patrons are expected for the 2019 Montgomery County Fair!!!
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