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The carnival is just one of many attractions at the Waller County Fair and Rodeo, which begins in about a month.

The carnival is just one of many attractions at the Waller County Fair and Rodeo, which begins in about a month.

HEMPSTEAD, Texas – The Waller County Fair Board has one thing on its mind when it comes to planning this year’s festivities: Give back to the community.

“This is the biggest fundraiser for the youth and scholarship program in Waller County,” said Dustin Standley, the fair board’s president. “We gave away over $75,000 in scholarships last year.”

This year’s Waller County Fair and Rodeo is set for Friday, Sept. 29-Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Waller County Fairgrounds in Hempstead. It’s a true regional showcase that attracts thousands of fair-goers each year, and there’s good reason for it.

While there are the traditional livestock shows, games, carnival rides and rodeo-related activities, the fair and rodeo boasts of some of the greatest entertainment opportunities available in southeast Texas. That includes top-rated musical acts:

  • Jason Cassidy, Shenandoah and Wade Bowen on Saturday, Sept. 30
  • Rick Trevino on Thursday, Oct. 5
  • Kevin Robinson and The Voice’s 2016winner Sundance Head on Friday, Oct. 6
  • Glen Templeton and Josh Ward on Saturday, Oct. 7.

“It’s really exciting to have this kind of musical lineup for our fair and rodeo,” Standley said. “It’s what helps draw people to experience all the other things we have going on, but I think once they get here they’ll see we have a lot to offer them.”

Adult admission is just $10, with children 6-12 and seniors admitted for $5. That stands as a huge value for the price, especially considering all the activities and fun that awaits each person as they arrive through the gate.

There are also season passes that can help pass along the savings to those who plan to attend multiple days – $25 per person in advance and just $30 at the gate.

“We want to keep prices reasonable so everybody can come enjoy the fun, the food and the concerts,” Standley said. “We are very proud to be part of the fair board and put on this type of entertainment for our community and those visiting our community.

“All the hard work and dedication we put into this is to provide the scholarships. The youth are our future, and the youth is going to be the backbone of who we’re going to be when we’re older, so we are investing in that.”

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