Montgomery County Fair season kicks off with queen candidates

[Houston Chronicle] Montgomery County Fair season kicks off with queen candidates

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After the Montgomery County Fair set record-shattering attendance in 2022, plans are underway for this year's event. 

The queen candidates were announced Jan. 16 at the fair’s annual Fair Queen press party. On Feb. 1, the entertainers for post-rodeo concerts on Friday and Saturday night the first weekend of the fair will be released on the fair’s social media pages. 

The fair is set for March 23 through April 2. 

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Throughout January and leading up to Feb. 1, the fair staff have posted a photo with a clue each Monday around 10 a.m. Visit https://www.facebook.com/MontgomeryCountyFairAssociationTx/ to see each weeks’ clue. 

“We think our concerts are again strong ones that will pull in the community and pull in a large group of folks,” said Brian Hayes, executive director of the Montgomery County Fair Association.

With a combination of great weather and people wanting to experience the fair in its entirety after scaled down events during the pandemic, the 2022 event brought 75,000 visitors to the fair grounds. 

Following the holidays, Hayes said the staff, volunteers and committees have picked up the pace planning for the 2023 event. 

He called the annual Fair Queen press event an unofficial kick off to “fair season” in Montgomery County. 

On the night of Jan. 16, the 19 high school juniors running to become Montgomery County Fair Queen were introduced. 

They are Adelyn Arnold, Montgomery High School; Allison Tayloe, Magnolia High School; Brieann Ballard, Lake Creek High School; Brooklyn Carr, Lake Creek High School; Cameran Echols, Grace Christian Academy; Dakota Norman, Montgomery High School; Jacqueline Kobeck, Grand Oaks High School; Kylie Jones, Caney Creek High School; Lauren Hyan, Montgomery High School; Lilly Matthews, The Woodlands High School; Lundy Finnerty, Conroe High School; Maeghan Evans, Willis High School; Morgan Decuir, Magnolia West High School; Nicole Rowlett, Montgomery High School; Payton Flynn, Lake Creek High School; Peyton Woods, Magnolia West High School; Priscilla Coleman, Conroe High School; Savannah Smith, Montgomery High School and Sherri Rodriguez, Lake Creek High School. 

The young ladies begin their journey to fair queen in October each year and participate in various events in the community leading up to the fair. The queen is crowned during the Saturday night rodeo the first weekend of the fair. 

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Then the queen and runners up participate in fair events the rest of the week and throughout the year. 

”They are so uniquely different and that’s what I love about them,” said Fair Queen Committee Chairwoman Melissa Reagan, who was crowned queen in 1998. “The girls are involved in lots of different aspects of their school campuses so they are busy. But they also have such fun personalities and they are a group that we laugh often with.” 

The candidates are made of up of student athletes, drill team members, National Honor Society members, debate, student council and more.

“I love that they are such a well-rounded group of young ladies who are sharing their experiences and love of the fair with a variety of student groups,” she said. 

Next up the candidates will participate in the Conroe Go-Texan Parade in downtown Conroe at 1 p.m. Feb. 18. 

On the Saturday following the entertainment announcement, the fair’s 3rd Annual Scholarship Chili Cook-off is set for Feb. 4 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. 

Teams will be judged for their best chili and Bloody Mary creations. Visit https://mcfa.org/events/chili-cookoff/ for more and to sign up. 

Other important fair dates include the annual Scholarship Trailride March 17-19 in New Waverly. 

The Conroe Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce hosts a welcome event the night of March 22, then the fair officially kicks off the next day. A week full of events continue through April 2 on the fair grounds. 

Visit www.mcfa.org for more.