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Brazos Valley Fair & Rodeo Timeline of Events

2010 - Steering Committee formed to begin early planning of Brazos Valley Fair & Rodeo
2011 - March, first employee of Fair hired.
2011 - Brazos Valley Fair Executive Board formed
2012 - First Brazos Valley Fair held, September 6-9.
2013 - First two scholarships awarded through 4-H Foundation Program, June
2013 - Second Fair held, September 5-8
2013 - 5 awards for excellence in marketing won at TAF&E Convention
2014 - Two additional scholarships awarded through 4-H Foundation Program, June
2014 - Third Fair held, October 16-19
2014 - 17 awards for excellence in marketing won at TAF&E and IAFE Convention
2015 - Two scholarships awarded through 4-H Foundation Program, June
2015 - Two additional members are added to the original 7 member Board.
2015 - Brazos Valley Fair & Expo officially changed name to Brazos Valley Fair & Rodeo, August
2015 - Fourth Fair held, October 16-18
........- Junior Swine Show added
........- 5 Livestock Scholarships awarded to Champions of Steer, Heifer, Goat, Lamb and Swine Shows
........- Fair hosts National Brahman Show and inaugural Best of Texas Ranch Rodeo
2015 - 14 awards for excellence in marketing won at TAF&E and IAFE Convention
2016 - Fifth Fair held, October 21-23
........- Steve Wariner headlined the Fair with additional performances by Jason Boland & the Stragglers, Grupo Mojado and For A Season
........- 17 awards for excellence in marketing won at TAF&E and IAFE Convention

We invite you to join us in October 20-22, 2017 as we “Showcase Agriculture, Youth, and Education to Enhance Our Texas Culture!”

The Fair continues to grow and expand each and every year. Understanding that it will take time to develop a heritage in the Brazos Valley. The Fair is only in the early years but already the community is embracing it as a must attend event.

Additional Notes from previous years.....
The 2015 Fair brought exciting additions with the hosting of the National Brahman Show that hosted over 500 head of Brahman Cattle from across the United States, 60 international guests were also in attendance during the show. The 2015 Fair also played host to the Inaugural Best of Texas Ranch Rodeo, with 20 teams competing for top honors and over $10,000 in prize money. With the Fair occurring on the same weekend as the A&M vs Alabama home football game it brought new challenges that meant creative marketing and promotions to get the word out to the additional visitors in town for the weekend. The final tally had over 16,000 people in attendance.

2014 brought continued growth to the Fair with over 18,000 in attendance. This was the first year for the Fair to be held in October and on a TAMU away game weekend and helped see a boost in attendance. The overall guest impression was greatly improved with the cooler temperatures that October brings and secured the idea of hosting the Fair in October. The added time after the start of the school year also allowed for increased marketing to our younger demographic. The carnival brought in by Carnival Americana made great improvements in both seating and rides. Additional plans for growth and development continue to come together and new attractions and exhibits are one the planning board.

The event had an excellent start with their first two fairs in 2012 & 2013. The four day fair and rodeo has already hosted over 32,000 attendees in their first two years; including over 2100 entries in livestock and competitive events. During the 2013 event, the Brazos Valley Fair awarded over $40,000 in premiums to their exhibitors and contestants up from the 2012 amount of $33,000. The Fair has also given back over $10,000 to non-profit organizations within the community. With the success of their second year, the Brazos Valley Fair was once again able to award two scholarships to deserving youth of the Brazos Valley.

The Brazos Valley Fair & Exposition is dedicated to “Showcasing Agriculture, Education, & Youth to Enhance our Texas Culture”. The Brazos Valley Fair & Exposition is making a true impact on agriculture and education by providing Fairgoers with attractions that are not only entertaining, but also provide a variety of educational experiences for the public in agriculture and the rural way of life. The Scholarship program is an integral part of the educational impact of the Fair. The Fair is committed to providing funds for scholarships and other educational programs to educate the youth of Texas for future generations.

Funding for the Fair was approved by both the Brazos County Commissioners Court and the Brazos County HOT Committee to assist the Fair in the initial startup and the future growth of the event. The HOT Fund is a hotel occupancy tax fund that was approved by the state legislature to fund improvements and marketing for the Brazos County Expo Complex in its quest to create a significant economic impact for Bryan, College Station and Brazos County. The Brazos Valley Fair & Exposition will be held annually in October at the Brazos County Expo Complex in Bryan, Texas.

The Brazos Valley Fair & Exposition is a non-profit, 501c3 corporation that was organized in 2010 by a group of like-minded individuals, including Jim Mazurkiewicz, Barron Hobbs, Jim McCord, and Duane Peters, for educational, scientific and charitable purposes to encourage, promote and maintain agricultural science, research, and education. A Fair Steering Committee, consisting of seven individuals, was first appointed by the Brazos County Commissioners Court on July 20, 2010. A Fair General Manager, the first employee, was hired on March 1, 2011. After several meetings and much discussion, the Court subsequently appointed a Fair Executive Board, consisting of four original members of the Steering Committee and three new members, Nora Thompson, Don Renchie, and James Deatherage, on April 12, 2011 to replace the Steering Committee. The Brazos Valley Fair & Exposition is a mid-major or regional fair whose reach or scope encompasses the entire state of Texas and surrounding states.

To see more about the facilities that host the Brazos Valley Fair & Rodeo click here: Brazos County Expo Complex
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