Cory Morrow has been performing his blend of soulful, feel-good, honky-tonk music for over 20 years now and has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. The “pied piper” of Texas country music is just one of the featured performers at the 79th annual Galveston County Fair and Rodeo, which is set to begin April 21.

However, before the fair and rodeo begins, the annual Galveston County Fair and Rodeo Kickoff Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. The route will begin at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5400, 11230 state Highway 6, in Santa Fe, and will end at the Galveston County Fairgrounds on state Highway 6 in Hitchcock. The fair and rodeo will run from April 21 through April 29 at Jack Brooks Park, FM 2004 and state Highway 6, in Hitchcock.

Along with Morrow, the list of performers include headliners Roger Creager, Joe Diffie, the Hometown Boys, Bag of Donuts, and Rick Trevino, who will close out the performances.

Morrow, who plays the acoustic guitar and sings and writes most of his songs, has played in a variety of venues across the country, as well as on the main stage at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo when it was at the Astrodome. Morrow will be playing his hit songs such as “Nashville Blues,” “21 Days,” “Lonesome” and “Beer,” as well as songs from his latest 15-song CD “The Good Fight.”

“I absolutely love the rodeo! If I could, I’d be a bull rider. Thankfully, I’m too tall,” Morrow jokingly said. “But seriously, we are here to make sure everyone has fun and feels loved for at least an hour.”

Grammy Award winner, Rick Trevino, will be performing at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo for the first time this year. And on a scale from 1 to 10, Trevino says his excitement level is at a 10.

Trevino, who has been performing professionally for 23 years, will be performing his long list of hit singles, including his three No. 1 hits “Running Out of Reasons To Run,” “She Can’t Say I Didn’t Cry” and “Learning As You Go.”

“If you want to hear something beyond what you normally hear on the radio, then you might want to hang out for my show after the rodeo,” Trevino said. “I’ve got a great band, which would, taken by itself, be worth the wait! Also, the way the show is structured would be another good reason. We pretty much cover my entire musical career from ‘Just Enough Rope’ to my latest single ‘Cowboys Like Me.’ We also cover some of my biggest influences including Merle Haggard, George Jones, Freddy Fender, Johnny Rodriguez and the Texas Tornados.”

Along with the musical performances, the fair will feature rodeo action, carnival rides, livestock judging contest, a seafood and barbecue cook-off competition and, new this year, the fair will debut Family of the Day where one family will be treated to a variety of fair activities each day of the fair and rodeo.

Also making a return to the fair and rodeo will be Fiesta Sunday on April 23. Fiesta Sunday, which embraces the Tejano culture, will feature strolling mariachis, an authentic Charro Equestrian group, and American freestyle bullfighting.

“For 2017 our fair put together a lineup that has created a buzz of excitement,” said Paul Tibaldo, president of the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo. “We could not be more pleased with the talent and caliber of musical acts that will be coming to the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo.”

For tickets and the full fair schedule, including performance times of each artist, visit galvestoncountyfair.com.

Contact Community News Editor

Angela Wilson

, angela.wilson@galvnews.com or 409-683-5239.

Angela Wilson is the community news editor for The Daily News.

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