HITCHCOCK — It’s nearly rodeo time in Galveston County, and this year’s music lineup is a mix of country, Tejano and zydeco.

The Galveston County Fair and Rodeo kicks off April 4, but those ready to get their boots on can get a started Saturday at the Kickoff Parade.

The parade lineup starts at the VFW Post 5400, 11230 state Highway 6 in Santa Fe, and will end at the Galveston County Fairgrounds. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Gates to the fair and rodeo will officially open a week later and the first of manyu musical performers take the stage that night.

Kevin Fowler, Emilio Navaira and Wayne Toups are some of the big names headlining the main stage during the two weekends of the fair and rodeo.

“We are thrilled with our lineup and very excited to be able to bring these top entertainers and artists to our fair,” Galveston County Fair and Rodeo President Paul Tibaldo said.

Fowler just released his seventh studio album, “How Country Are Ya?,” which was recorded on his own label.

“The last couple of records have been on Nashville record labels,” Fowler said on his website. “But this one is on my own label with my buddies like we used to make records.”

Fowler will take the stage April 5 at 11 p.m.

The Grammy award-winning Toups will play April 11, while Navaira will headline April 6.

Crowd favorites the Spazmatics will play the Fair and Rodeo’s Education Foundation Night on April 18.

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com.

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