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.
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 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.
The event is off to 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 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. Once again in 2014 the Fair had a successful event with over 18,000 in attendance.
We invite you to join us in October 2015 as we “Showcase Agriculture, Youth, and Education to Enhance Our Texas Culture!”