HITCHCOCK — In a week people will be lining up for fair rides and seats at the rodeo livestock will be in their pens and musicians will be tuning up and switching on amps.

The 74th annual Galveston County Fair and Rodeo at Jack Brooks Park in Hitchcock has a rollicking music lineup and it starts off with some big names and up and coming Texas country acts.

Turnpike Troubadours along with Whiskey Myers will bring their down-home country sound to the stage April 13 the first night of the fair.

The Turnpike Troubadours nominated for Best Live Act in the 2012 Lone Star Music Awards bring a boisterous show with them. The Oklahoma band will release a record ”Goodbye Normal Street” on May 8.

On April 14 David Grace will play followed by another group filling up Texas dance halls The Josh Abbott Band.

The group also is about to release a new album ”Touch” on April 24.

”We’re really excited” fair coordinator Melondy Bender said.

Along with the two-stepping country on the first couple of days of the fair the music lineup has little bit for everybody Bender said.

Shelly Lares and Grupo Vida The Electric Cowboys will bring Tejano to the livestock pavilion where all the shows are staged.

Americana and Cajun enthusiasts can check out the Red Cap Band and Wayne Toups on April 20. Victoria’s Jarrod Birmingham will round out the fair’s music lineup April 21.

And to mix it up a little The Spazmatics self-described as the ”Ultimate New Wave ’80s Show” will play April 19.

Tickets are available at the fair and rodeo’s website and the admission price includes the night’s live music.

”It’s a lot of fun” Bender said. ”Bring out the whole family. To me there is something for everybody.”



The fair and rodeo runs from April 13 to 21.

Ticket includes admission to rodeos fair entertainment and cook-off.

Weekly Fair Passes

Ages 13-61 — $40

Ages 6-12 and seniors 62 and older — $20

Sunday half price day

Ages 13-61 — $5

Ages 6-12 and seniors 62 and older — $2

Ages 5 and younger — free

Monday-Wednesday family nights

$2 general admission

Ages 5 and younger — free


Ages 13-61 — $10

Ages 6-12 and seniors 62 and older — $5

Ages 5 and younger — free


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