The Galveston County Fair & Rodeo in Hitchcock is celebrating is 75th anniversary this year. Here is a look back at some highlights of the past 75 years.

August 1952

• The first Boys Beef Scramble was held.

• The first Dairy Queen contest was held. Miss Doris Sayko of Arcadia was crowned Dairy Queen.

• The first Girls Goat Hair Pulling Contest was held. The first girl to return with a minimum of three black hairs from the wild goat won a Jersey heifer sponsored by Sears Roebuck & Co.


August 1956

• There was a three-day show at Runge Park. Guy Moore was the president.

• A new rule for auction limited the sale   to Galveston County 4H & FFA members.


• Martha Sumrall of Algoa exhibited the Grand Champion Steer (870 pounds), which was purchased by The Balinese Room for $1,000. Lawrence Gehret of Galveston exhibited the Grand Champion barrow (210 pounds), which was purchased by The Turf Grill for $262.50. Auction sales totaled nearly $8,000.

• Music was provided by the Ellington Air Force Band.

• There were new rodeo arena and pens. New events featured Quarter Horse Judging and Cutting Horse Contest.


June 1972

• Clyde Smith was president.

• More than 250 riders were in the Trail Ride.






• Two $200 scholarships were given away to a senior boy and girl. This was the start of the annual awarding of scholarships.

• The first Paint Horse show was held.

• Total sales were $31,748.25.


• On Jan 11, 1973, the county announced that 631 acres of Old Camp Wallace would be the county’s newest park, Jack Brooks Park.

• The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation notified the county that it had to take possession of the land before Jan 14, 1973.


Sunday, Tejano Day

  • 10 a.m.: Cowboy church service
  • Noon: Gates, carnival rides and pee wee rodeo open
  • 12:30 p.m.: Market lamb show
  • 1 p.m.: Country store opens
  • 1:30 p.m.: Pee wee rodeo
  • 3 p.m.: Youth project and student art shows open
  • 4:30 p.m.: Market swine show
  • 6 p.m.: County ribbon roping, concert featuring Raul Navaira and Grupo Vida

Monday, Senior Citizens Day

  • 10 a.m.: Senior citizens day
  • 5 p.m.: Carnival rides, country store, youth project and student art shows open
  • 5:30 p.m.: Exhibition barrel racing
  • 6 p.m.: Market goat show
  • 7 p.m.: Jackpot barrel race

Tuesday, Special Kids Day

  • 9 a.m.: Special children’s day
  • 4 p.m.: Gates open
  • 5 p.m.: Carnival rides, country store, youth project and student art shows open
  • 6 p.m.: County team roping challenge
  • 6:30 p.m.: Youth project and student art awards ceremony
  • 7 p.m.: Steer show
  • 7:30 p.m.: County team roping challenge


  • 4 p.m.: Family night
  • 5:15 p.m.: Scholarship presentation
  • 6 p.m.: Junior livestock auction


  • 9 a.m.: Schools day
  • 4 p.m.: Gates open, education foundation night
  • 5:45 p.m.: Fajita cook-off judging
  • 7 p.m.: Fair king and queen crowning
  • 7 p.m.: Pee wee swine show
  • 8 p.m.: CPRA open rodeo and concert featuring Spazmatics
  • 8:15 p.m.: Barbecue chicken cook-off judging


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