By Tony Farkas
COLDSPRING — In just about a week, a premier event in San Jacinto County kicks off as the 75th annual San Jacinto County Fair and Rodeo begins.
There will be more than a week of entertainment, competition, animal showing, crafts, and of course, even a carnival.
A hometown favorite, David Allen Franklin Band will perform on Sept. 17 from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Also on that Saturday, the SJC BBQ Cook-off will be held, with judging starting at 11 a.m. and awards at 3 p.m.
Other events include a battle of the bands, a queen contest, a parade, the livestock sale, and more.
Information for the fair, as well as registration forms for the various events, can be found at sjcfairandrodeo.com.
Schedule of events
SJC Fair and Rodeo
Thursday, Sept. 15
5-8 a.m. Cook-off early bird move in
Friday, Sept. 16
8 a.m. Cook-off team move in
5:50 p.m. Registration, practice for Cornhole Under the Barn
6 p.m. Cook-off activities
7 p.m. Cornhole tournament
Saturday, Sept. 17
10 a.m. Parade followed by Barnyard Olympics
Noon Baby contest registration
1 p.m. Baby contest
4 p.m. Cook-off winners announced
5 p.m. Queen’s horsemanship pattr
6 p.m. Tame the Beast bull riding
9 p.m. Live music and dance
Monday, Sept. 19
3-5 p.m. Swine check-in
4-7 p.m. Educational Barn projects check-in
5-6 p.m. Poultry and lamb check-in
6 p.m. Poultry show, followed by lamb show
Tuesday, Sept. 20
5-5:30 p.m. Rabbit check-in and inspection; goat check-in
5:30 p.m. Rabbit show begins, followed by goat show.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
9 a.m. Fine arts/handicraft interviews
3-5 p.m. Steers and heifers check-in
7 p.m. Market swine show
Thursday, Sept. 22
9 a.m. Horticulture/food interviews, ag mechanics judging
7:30 p.m. Rodeo, Queen’s second horsemanship
Friday, Sept. 23
9 a.m. Breeding heifer show, followed by commercial heifer show, followed by market steer show
1 p.m. Auction setup
2 p.m. Sale committee announces sale participants, non-sale animal check-out
7:30 p.m. Rodeo
Saturday, Sept. 24
10 a.m. Exhibitor pick up numbers
10:30 a.m. Awards and recognition
11 a.m. Youth auction
7:30 p.m. Rodeo, crowning of 2022 queen