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2024 FAIR DATES.. April 12-20, 2024

The fair began in 1938 and was held at facilities in Runge Park located in Arcadia, Texas.   In the early 1980s, the County Fair had reached its limits of growth at Runge Park and plans began for a move to Jack Brooks Park located in Hitchcock, Texas. The move to Jack Brooks Park was completed in time for the 1984 Fair, and this is where the fairgrounds are currently located.  The youth and the animal projects they exhibited are the foundation the Fair was built upon.  This tradition continues today.


Many families look forward to the annual Fair & Rodeo. Volunteer committees work for several months planning different events and activities for everyone to enjoy during the fair as well as events that are held at other times throughout the year. The GCFR also hosts "special" days for the community -Special Kids' Day, Schools' Day, and Senior Citizens' Day.  And we are very proud to award several thousand dollars in Scholarships each year to deserving high school seniors from Galveston County.  We would like to thank all of the sponsors, buyers, volunteers and staff members who make it all possible.


The Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Inc. is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to serve the youth of Galveston County by promoting youth, education, and agriculture by supporting 4-H and FFA programs.  The Galveston County Fair & Rodeo does not receive government funding from cities, county, state or federal agencies.  Your support is greatly appreciated and we look forward to seeing you at the fair.


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2021 Fair Update


Dear GCFR Exhibitors, Family and Friends

2020 has been an exceedingly difficult year for the fair industry nationwide. The COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing has interrupted all our lives, with cancellation of schools, no large gatherings even with family outside of your home and the cancellation of our 2020 Galveston County Fair & Rodeo. We are all trying to do our part to stay safe. We all must stay focused on getting through this trying time. The GCFR Board has been hard at work planning the 2021 Fair. The decisions we have had to make to safely have our fair, have not been taken lightly. We have decided to revise our schedule and come up with a modified livestock show so our exhibitors, who have worked so hard all year long raising animals, are able to show and go to auction. We are trying to work out the time for all the events, so we do not have overlapping check in’s and shows. Unfortunately, with the spike of COVID-19 in the community, not being able to have large gatherings, we have been forced to cancel some of our events, such as Livestock Judging, Pee Wee Swine, all the contests and even the Rodeo. Our plan is to still have a BBQ Cook-off, Mutton Bustin’, Team Roping & a Barrel Race event.

Please continue to check the GCFR website and our Facebook page for any additional announcements. I would also like to personally thank my Board Members, Superintendents and Office Staff for the outstanding job they are doing.

Continue to stay safe,

Ebbie Thurmond

GCF&R President