The Galveston County Fair & Rodeo in Hitchcock is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Here is a look back at some highlights of the past 75 years.
• E.E. Jim Ness was the president.
• This was the start of having 50-member elected board of directors.
• Conversations between the association and the county begin regarding moving to Jack Brooks Park.
• In November, the commissioners approved a concession agreement with the Fair for 40 acres.
April 28 to May 5, 1984
• Paul Wayne Malone was the president.
• This was the year of the first Fair and Rodeo at Jack Brooks Park, located in Hitchcock. Congressman Brooks was on hand for the dedication.
• The first Special Children’s Day was held.
• The name was officially changed to Galveston County Fair and Rodeo Inc. after filing the Articles of Incorporation with the State of Texas.
• Velma Acree was the president.
• A logo contest was held, and the winning GCF&R logo was created by D.J. Cleary.
• This also was the year of the first Jr. Mr & Miss 4H Contest, the first Gumbo Cook-off and the first Youth Dog Show.
• Butch Hoke was the president.
• New attractions for this fair were an exotic bird show, a junior cook-off and talent contest.