Waller County Fair and Rodeo continues making positive changes
HEMPSTEAD, Texas – The Waller County Fair Board has been working diligently over the past year with one goal in mind: Striving to make the experience even better for fairgoers.
That’s why members of the board are so excited for this year’s Waller County Fair and Rodeo, set for Friday, Sept. 25-Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Waller County Fairgrounds in Hempstead.
“We’ve added an additional 5,000 square feet of concrete to better serve our attendance in our entertainment pavilion,” said Larry Pershall, a member of the fair’s improvement committee. “In our sponsorship-VIP facility, we’ve added another 1,200-square-foot building, expanded our porch area to 1,200 square feet, poured it into concrete and added a tin roof.”
That’s just a small taste of the work that has been going on behind the scenes of one of the top fair’s in southeast Texas. The stage has been moved to the north end of the entertainment section of the fairgrounds, opening the south end of the dance hall and allowing for more room and overflow.
“We have fully renovated an old barn into our new Wagon Wheel,” said Chad Kersh, a member of the rodeo committee. “The new building has a Luckenback or Gruene Hall feel to it. It will be a great place to hang out and enjoy our nightly entertainment.”
In addition to an action-packed lineup of four top-level artists – Aaron Watson on Saturday, Sept. 26; Jeff Woolsey on Thursday, Oct. 1; John Conlee on Friday, Oct. 2; and Neal McCoy on Saturday, Oct. 3 – the Wagon Wheel also will host an evening of entertainment through most every evenings of the fair and rodeo:
- Brian Loftin and Texas Reflections, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26.
- DJ and karaoke, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, and Wednesday, Sept. 30
- Aubrey Lynn Band, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1
- Lacy Booth and Tim Nichols, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2
- Texas Special Band, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3
“We are constantly looking at ways to make our fair better, and we have worked really hard to make sure we are heading in the right direction,” Kersh said. “We believe that these changes reflect on our passion to continue to make the Waller County Fair and Rodeo the top event in southeast Texas every year.”