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  • "Big Crowds, Big Events Define Fair"

  •       HEMPSTEAD, Texas – The Waller County Fair and Rodeo was blessed with the perfect storm during this year’s exposition.

          “The weather was perfect,” said Clint Sciba, president of the Waller County Fair Board. “We had a cool front come in a couple days before the rodeo, so it was the perfect time to have an outdoor rodeo.

          “The combination of the attendance, the top PRCA contestants and the top PRCA stock from Pete Carr all came to fruition right here in Waller County. It was the biggest attendance we’ve ever had over the final three days of our fair and rodeo.”

          That says quite a bit about this year’s event, which took place Sept. 23-Oct. 1 in Hempstead. The fair has been recognized as one of the best expos in the region because of its concert lineup, carnival, exhibitors and the world-class rodeo.

          “The fair in general drew great attendance with big-name entertainers each night,” Sciba said. “Our carnival had probably the largest crowd it’s ever had on the final Saturday night alone.”

          There were plenty of entertaining aspects all over the Waller County Fairgrounds, highlighted by the goings-on at the rodeo arena. From the two eliminator contests featuring the top tie-down ropers and team ropers in ProRodeo to all the other activities, there were plenty of highlights that came about over the course of the fair.

          “The eliminators have become a huge hit,” he said. “We had six of the top 15 tie-down ropers that were part of Tuesday’s eliminator, and we had four of the top six teams in the team roping on Wednesday. The magnitude of that money gold buckles and NFR qualifiers in the arena is amazing to me. It continues to draw more top-name cowboys and be a successful event.”

          The fair board also added a youth bareback riding to this year’s festivities, which helped add to the overall flavor of the championship rodeo.

          “We had a four-man mini bareback challenge during our Thursday rodeo performance, and it was great,” Sciba said. “We had two elementary schools go head to head, and everyone had a great time with it. The schools had pep rallies for it, and a lot of people came out and supported it.

          “Our Friday night and Saturday night performances of the rodeo showed the best in the world. On Friday alone, we had five gold buckles in the arena at once, like (two-time bull riding world champion) Sage Kimzey to (2013 tie-down roping titlist) Shane Hanchey. We had great stock, NFR stock every night; Saturday night we had six bareback horses that had been to the NFR and had world champion bucking horse Big Tex. That just made it great for the fans, and we were standing-room only on Saturday night.”

          There were numerous highlights that happened over the nine-day exposition, including Barnyard Buddies and the Waller County Linderman Award, which was given to the ProRodeo cowboy who excelled in both timed events and roughstock events.

          Jacobs Crawley, the reigning world champion saddle bronc rider from Boerne, Texas, won the Linderman by competing in tie-down roping and finishing third in his traditional event.

          Now in its second year, Barnyard Buddies is a program set up for special education students in Waller County. Those students were able to take part in several fair events set up just for them.

          “That’s probably the highlight of the fair as far as I’m concerned,” Sciba said. “We had 200 kids that participated, and we had another 200 4H and FFA kids that served as mentors. We had about 100 adult volunteers who helped put on the event.

          “It really just added the right flavor to the fair.”

          Sciba has been associated with the fair board for several years, including the last four as its president. He will continue to volunteer his time.

          “This is my last year as president, but I’m still going to be active and involved in our fair,” he said. “I am so thankful for all our exhibitors, parents, volunteers and community supporters that made the fair what it is today. I was just lucky to be the guy over it the last four years.”

  • "Fair has Great Entertainment for $10"

  •       HEMPSTEAD, Texas – There aren’t many entertainment venues where the admission is just $10.

          The Waller County Fair and Rodeo is one, and there’s a lot that can be jammed into that $10 ticket. From the rodeo to the carnival to the traditional county fair activities, there are numerous opportunities for fair-goers to enjoy.

          That doesn’t include the daily entertainment activities nor the concerts, which take place Sept. 24, 29, 30 and Oct. 1. That just adds to the value in every $10 admission.

          “The reality is we put this together for our community and for anyone and everyone in southeastern Texas that wants to enjoy a great fair and rodeo,” said Sherry Roesner, the fair board’s secretary. “We work hard to keep the ticket prices down so families can enjoy not only a day at the fair, but as many days as they can.

          “This event is for them. Not only do we want to make it affordable, but we want to give them as much entertainment as possible.”

          That’s important to the fair board, whose members volunteer their time and energy to plan, promote and produce the event every year.

          “We have continued to put money toward the overall entertainment of our fair,” said Steven Pfeiffer, the entertainment chairman. “Our goal is to make the overall family experience outstanding and that families literally get the most bang for their bucks.”

          That includes the concerts that are geared toward the fair-goers. This year’s lineup is:

               - Sept. 24: Jarrod Birmingham, followed by the Josh Abbott Band.

               - Sept. 29: Jake Hooker and the Outsiders

               - Sept. 30: Chris Salinas, followed by Jason Cassidy

               - Oct. 1: Bleu Edmondson, followed by Whiskey Myers

         “I think we have an exciting lineup of concerts this year,” said Dustin Standley, vice president of the fair board. “These acts are going to be just what people want. This is going to be fast-paced music that we all love and enjoy, and it’s going to have a distinct Texas flavor.”

          To make everything more comfortable to fair-goers, there is additional parking at the rear of the fairgrounds, which will be marked by signage.

          “We are really working hard to make this experience as great as possible for everyone,” Standley said.

  • "Barnyard Buddies Open Fair Doors"

  •       HEMPSTEAD, Texas – Everybody needs to have something special happen to them.

          Julie Abke understands that, and it’s one of the reasons she’s part of the Waller County Fair Association. But she’s taken it a step further with the creation of Barnyard Buddies. “It’s for kids from all over Waller County that are in special ed classes,” she said. “We have a special day just for them. We have a lot of different activities for them to do, and we have it in a four-hour day.” It’s set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, and it’s Abke’s brainchild.

          “We wanted to give those students an opportunity to do something special,” she said. “It’s a spot that’s dear to my heart, because my mom was a special ed teacher. It’s something I wanted to see happen. It was good last year, and I’m hoping to have it even better for them this year.” In Barnyard Buddies’ inaugural run in 2015, 139 students participated. Teens from area Future Farmers of America programs served as the special education students’ buddies. “We also had tons of adult volunteers who helped,” Abke said. “We are very fortunate to have great community support.

          “I wanted to do it about three to four years ago, and last year the fair board told me to go through with it. Thankfully Barbie Schmidt, the ag teacher at Waller High School, has stepped in. She really helps me a lot.” That also is helpful for the children. As an addition to this year’s festivities, the students will take part in a small showmanship clinic, where they will have hands-on lessons about what it’s like to show animals at the fair. “We’re giving these kids an opportunity to be around the fair atmosphere,” she said. “This is a great way for them to actually participate.”

          That’s the key for organizers. Abke hopes to have professional cowboys and cowgirls involved to help give the students real-life rodeo experiences. “We’ve actually had tons more people that want to be involved this year,” she said. “it makes me feel good that people wanted to take part in it.”
  • "Carr Stock Brings the Best to Town"

  •       HEMPSTEAD, Texas – The dream is always the same, and it’s always draped in gold.

          For rodeo cowboys, every step of their lives and their livelihoods is guided by that dream, of winning the world championship. The vision involves riding great steads or handling untamable bulls. The brilliant visions of gold buckles include important stops along the way, and that’s what will drive the very best in ProRodeo to the Waller County Fair and Rodeo, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29-Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Waller County Fairgrounds in Hempstead.

          A big part of the draw for contestants is the bucking horses and bulls provided by Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, which has been recognized as one of the top livestock firms in ProRodeo for several years.

          “What we love about Pete Carr is that he has the kind of stock that attracts world champions and regular NFR qualifiers,” said Clint Sciba, the fair board’s president and co-chairman of the rodeo committee. “There’s a reason that Pete has been nominated for stock contractor of the year. He should’ve won it already.

          “He’s been the best stock contractor in rodeo for a long time.”

          It’s not just Carr’s incredible bucking stock; one of the key aspects of Pete Carr Pro Rodeo lies in its production. The Carr crew works diligently with the Waller County Fair Board and rodeo announcer Andy Stewart to make sure each performance is considered world-class.

          “Pete and his crew are remarkable to work with,” said Paul Shollar, co-chairman of the rodeo committee. “I believe the overall entertainment of our rodeo is unmatched in southeast Texas, maybe in the country, for that matter. From start to finish, you will get your money’s worth at one of the top rodeos in the country right here in Hempstead, Texas.”

          In fact, world champs and NFR qualifiers have become staples of each of the three performances of the rodeo.

          “The reason Pete’s rodeos are so tough is because he has so many great horses,” said Richmond Champion, a 2014 NFR qualifier from The Woodlands, Texas. “Any rodeo you go to, you know you have a chance to win on anything he’s got. That makes it exciting for us.

          He’s had his fair share of success on Carr animals. From a victory in Cheyenne, Wyo., to a go-round at that season’s NFR. Now he’d like to carry that over to a rodeo that’s very close to his home and his heart.

          “Pete has our interests in line,” Champion said of Carr. “He wants us to have good horses to get on. He’s put in a lot of time to get good horses together, and he has a lot. He has horses that are consistent. He’s one of the guys that have the top animals and hauls them all over the country to give us a chance to win.”

          It all adds up to a winning combination at the Waller County Fair and Rodeo


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Ticket Pricing

  • Season Passes – Sept 23rd – Oct 1st
    In Advance - $25.00
    At Gate - $30.00

    Daily Admission – Sept 23rd – Oct 1st
    Adult - $10.00
    Children ages 6-12 - $5.00
    Children 5 and under -Free
    Seniors 60+ - $5.00

    After 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays – Adults $15.00

    Carnival Superpass - Sept 23rd - Oct 1st
    In Advance - $70.00
    At Fair - $80.00
    Upgrades - $50.00