The Galveston County Fair and Rodeo takes place April 13-21 at the Jack Brooks Park and Galveston County Fairgrounds in Hitchcock.
In addition to the fun carnival rides and concerts there’s also mutton bustin’ for the kids a barbecue and seafood cookoffs petting zoo the family-friendly Caboodlestoppers show a livestock show benefitting hundreds of local youths in 4-H and Future Farmers of America clubs and a full lineup of rodeo action. Check out the website at www.galvestoncountyfair.com for complete information.
Friday April 13 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Saturday April 14 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday April 15 noon to 10 p.m.
Monday-Thursday April 16-19 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday April 20 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Saturday April 21 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Ticket prices include admission to all fair events including concerts. Carnival ride tickets or armbands are purchased separately.
Thursday Friday and Saturday
$10 for ages 13-61
$5 for ages 6-12 and people over 62
Free for ages 5 and younger
$5 for ages 13-61
$2 for ages 6-12 and people over 62
Free for ages 5 and younger
Monday Tuesday and Wednesday
$2 general admission
Free for ages 5 and younger
Presale tickets can be purchased for $10 each at the Fair Office through April 12. After that tickets can be purchased at the Main Gate Ticket Booth. They can be used for admission any day.
Weekly passes also are available. They are $40 for ages 13-61 and $20 for ages 6-12 and 62 and older. Tickets also can be bought online at the Fair and Rodeo website www.galvestoncountyfair.com.
Fun times await on the midway
Look for the new and unusual on the midway where you can experience all of the thrills chills and excitement you can possibly handle There is plenty of fun for the whole family.
Happy World presents some of the best-loved amusements and rides in the business — from child favorites and bumper cars to daring and exciting adult rides. Who can resist the fabulous games with chances to win big prizes?
Purchase tickets and armbands for the carnival rides at the carnival ticket booths. Ride-all-you-want armbands are $18 Mondays through Thursdays and $25 Fridays Saturdays and Sundays. Coupons for $5 off are good Monday through Thursday only.
Live-action show offers family fun
Welcome to the Caboodlestopper experience The Caboodlestoppers are a live-action musical sitcom for the whole family With a brilliant cast of over 15 characters each show is a laugh-out-loud explosion of fun perfectly created for all ages. The Caboodlestoppers are appearing daily during the fair.
Mutton Bustin’ a county fair favorite
Little cowboys and cowgirls ages 3 to 7 will get their chance to ”hold on tight” and ride a sheep in this fun-filled event. It begins at 11 a.m. Saturday April 14. Books open for signup at 10 a.m. or you can preregister at the Fair Office or online at www.galvestoncountyfair.com. Entry fee is $20.
Petting Zoo fun for the family
Open daily during the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo will be the Texan Petting Zoo where the whole family can enjoy being with the animals and the little ones also can enjoy pony rides. This attraction is presented by the Skufca Family Foundation and Landry’s — The Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier.
Rodeo action revvs up
The action-packed rodeo is one of the star attractions at the 74th annual Galveston County Fair and Rodeo. This year’s schedule includes:
Friday April 13
Jackpot Bull Riding — Out of the chute with a fury they ride as the cowboys try to stay on for 8 seconds. Who will win? Find out at 8 p.m. as you enjoy the exciting bull riding action
Mutton Bustin’ — Entrants must be preregistered. The event is full.
Saturday April 14
The Ranch Rodeo is a unique kind of rodeo. Be in the grandstands at 7 p.m. and enjoy action excitement and sometimes a good laugh as you watch four-person teams and their horses compete in events that showcase the necessary skills and know-how ranch hands practice daily on Texas ranches. Events include ranch sorting cow doctoring cow mugging and wild cow milking.
Mutton Bustin’ — See Page 26 or www.galvestoncountyfair.com for more information.
Sunday April 15
Cowboy Church — Worship service will begin at 10 a.m. in the rodeo arena and is open to all who wish to attend.
Monday April 16
Jackpot Barrel Racing — Join us at 7 p.m. as contestants on horseback maneuver around three barrels in a clover leaf pattern. This is a speed event and the contestants with the fastest times in each division will win cash awards.
Thursday April 19
Cheer on cowboys and cowgirls as they compete in events including bull riding saddle bronc riding tie-down calf roping bareback bronc riding barrel racing team roping steer wrestling and girls breakaway roping. During the rodeo performance you will also see 4-H and FFA youths participate in the Small Animal Scramble and the Lamb and Goat Scramble.
Youth Steer Saddling Competition — Teams made up of four high school students from Galveston County schools attempt to place a horse saddle on a steer. Once the saddle is on one team member must ride the steer across the finish line while the other three try to push or pull the steer.
Friday April 20
Cheer on cowboys and cowgirls as they compete in events including bull riding saddle bronc riding tie-down calf roping bareback bronc riding barrel racing team roping steer wrestling and girls breakaway roping.
Saturday April 21
Arena Golf — Join the fun at 1 p.m. and watch two-person teams play one-club golf in the rodeo arena. But this isn’t a regular golf game. Participants have to face obstacles such as bales of hay and cow patties. Buckles and cash prizes are awarded to the winners.
Cheer on cowboys and cowgirls at 8 p.m. as they compete in events including bull riding saddle bronc riding tie-down calf roping bareback bronc riding barrel racing team roping steer wrestling and girls breakaway roping. Local 4-H and FFA youths also will compete in the Calf Scramble and Youth Steer Saddling Finals.
Tractor pull is back
Back by popular demand The Kids Pedal Tractor Pull Competition gives kids ages 4 to 12 a chance to become the star of the show and try their skill in a John Deere Pedal Tractor. Be sure to join in the fun as performances are held daily during the fair.