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.

April 1981

• 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.

April 1986

• 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.

April 1989

• Butch Hoke was the president.

• New attractions for this fair were an exotic bird show, a junior cook-off and talent contest.


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