The 93rd Austin County Fair and Rodeo is set for Oct. 2 to 11 in Bellville, starting with the barbecue contest and ending with Whiskey Meyers on the main stage.
The musical lineup and schedule were announced via a prerecorded video released Friday night on the Austin County Fair Association’s social media pages with 2019 Fair Queen Emma Lischka detailing the daily events.
“Let’s face it folks, it’s been a wild year and we are all ready to have a great time with our friends and family, so we need you,” she said. “Come on out and have a great time and support the kids! I cannot wait to see you all at the Austin County Fair and Rodeo.”
Headlining the musical performances on Saturday, Oct. 10 will be Sam Riggs and Whiskey Meyers who will take the main stage at 9 and 11 p.m. respectively.
“With nearly 30 million streams on Spotify, 7.82 million views on YouTube and 30,000 subscribers, Riggs’s singles ‘Hold On and Let Go,’ ‘High on a Country Song’ and ‘Second Hand Smoke’ are sure to get the stage rocking for our entertainment closer,” the press release from the ACFA says.
Whiskey Meyers will provide the shows’ finale after their work gained them worldwide attention. Their 2016 album “Mud” reached as high as No. 4 on the Billboard country charts and helped land a gig to not only perform the soundtrack for the TV series “Yellowstone” but also appear in the show, playing their own music.
On July 8, the ACFA released a statement saying they are working with local and state leaders, as well as other fairs and events across the state, to create the safest fair possible but will try to maintain the enjoyment the 10-day span in October is synonymous with.
“To that end, our queens contestants will start selling Passports to Fun and Advanced Season Passes this week,” the press release said. “If the Austin County Fair is cancelled due to COVID-19 or by a governmental entity, anyone who has purchased a ticket which has not been used, will be able to bring their ticket to the fair office for either a refund or to designate their purchase price to the Memorial Scholarship Fund.”
Further updates and any other changes will be communicated through press releases on their website, it says, where the virtual entertainment lineup was hosted.
Lischka said it all starts on Saturday, Oct. 3, with all-day pageants starting at 9 a.m. – with the queen contest starting at 5:30 p.m. – and bull riding at 7:30 p.m. in the Koerth Arena before three musical acts take the stage.
Local musicians will be on display as the opening acts on Thursday, Oct. 8, and Friday, Oct. 9, with Carson Jeffrey and Jon Stork taking the stage at 8:15 p.m. each night, respectively. Stork will be followed by country music legend Mark Chesnutt at 10:15 p.m.
“(Jeffery) grew up in the ranching and western way of life, spending a lot of time at his family’s ranch in Dryden, as well as his hometown of Cat Spring,” the ACFA release says. “In the summer of ’19, Carson recorded his debut album ‘Muchos Sonidos,’ and formed a band to start trying to make his mark in the Texas Music Scene.”
Stork grew up in Beasley and is a graduate of Brazos High School and his recently released album, “Radio Cowboy,” has earned his band some recognition as well as nominations for male artist of the year, emerging new artist, country album of the year and country single of the year at the Texas Country Music Association’s award show. The TCMA award winners will be announced in September.
The PCRA rodeo resumes from Oct. 8 to 10 while the livestock contest runs from Oct. 4 with the bucket calf show to Oct. 9 with the youth auction sale. Last year’s youth auction sale broke five champion sale records and topped over $1.5 million of sales according to the association’s release.