Galveston County Fair & Rodeo
SERVING GALVESTON COUNTY TEXAS YOUTH SINCE 1938
Experience The Tradition
GCFR 2024 - April 12-20
Education Foundation Night
The Galveston County Fair & Rodeo invites you to join us in the “Boots N’ Wine Garden” - where you and your friends can enjoy a variety of Texas Wines. The wine garden is located on the Main Fair road next to the Youth Building and is open to the public.
Wine connoisseurs and novices alike can enjoy an assortment of whites, reds and blends. The committee has been working hard to plan the perfect "getaway" and provide a different atmosphere for you to explore. Tickets will be sold in the wine room to purchase tastings, wine by the glass, or wine by the bottle.
Boots N’ Wine 2023 Wine List
Red 55 Platinum Almond Sparkling
Miranda Lambert Red 55 Electric Pink
McPherson Cellars Rose'
Peyrassol Rosé, France
Red 55 Crazy Ex Girlfriend Sweet
Cowgirl Sisterhood Moscato
Vino Moscato, Washington
Mesina Hof Angel Riesling Late Harvest
Salt Lick Cellars BBQ White Blend
Luna Nuda Pinot Grigio (Italian wine)
Fall Creek Chardonnay
Daou Paso Robles Chardonnay
Stoneleigh New Zealand Sauv Blanc
Black Stallion Sauv Blanc, Napa Valley
Red 55 Belle Sweet Red
Messina Barrel Cab Reserve
Daou Cab Paso Robles
Come and Take It- Red Blend
Becker Iconoclast Merlot
Haak Cabernet Sauvignon
Haak Cotton Candy
The Boots N' Wine Garden will be having musical entertainment on the nights shown below.
Showtimes are 6pm to 8pm
Friday, April 14
Kate Watson Brought to you by Tipsy Cowgirls Rustic Mobile Bar & Bartending Service
Saturday, April 15
Susan Hickman Brought to you by JT's Auto Shop
Sunday, April 16
Kate Watson Brought to you by Tipsy Cowgirls Rustic Mobile Bar & Bartending Service
Monday, April 17
Morgan Ashley Brought to you by JT's Auto Shop
Tuesday, April 18.....Open
Wednesday, April 19.....Open
Thursday, April 20
Will Carter Brought to you by JT's Auto Shop
Friday, April 21
Chase Richburg Brought to you by JT's Auto Shop
Saturday, April 22
Sandee June Brought to you by JT's Auto Shop
American Idol, Kate Watson! Kate Watson is a rising star on the country music scene and recently named Emerging Artist of The Year finalist at the 2022 Texas Country Music Awards. Proud of her Texas roots, she still calls Texas “home.” Kate's music career may have officially started when she was 15 years old, but music has always been at the center of her life. As the daughter of Christian recording artist and worship leader, Jesse Watson, Kate’s first recording was a song her father wrote especially for her called, “Forever I’m Yours.” Kate also guest leads alongside her dad at Lone Star Cowboy Church in Montgomery, Texas, the largest cowboy church in the world and the spiritual home of several country recording artists, most notably, Cody Johnson and Jesse Raub, Jr. In fact, their church is where country recording star, Parker McCollum, first heard Kate sing. “She’s the real deal,” said McCollum. “She has the total package: the voice, the look, and the way she connects with people. I am looking forward to great things from her.”
You may remember Kate from the 2019 season of American Idol, where she received a standing ovation from Lionel Richie after singing his hit, “Hello.” Her vocal chops are hard-earned; not to mention, Kate's stage presence is simply captivating. Kate Watson fans will tell you that she obviously loves creating music, working hard, and seeing results. Most importantly, though, her fans have come to know that Kate truly loves people. Her main goal in life is to inspire audiences and provide hope through her songwriting and her live performances.
Kate’s newest release, “Cinderella Slipper” is an original song that shares the dream that even if you are an everyday country girl, you can still realize your own Cinderella story… and that dreams do come true!
Kate Watson and her band tour regularly across Texas and beyond, performing shows on a wide variety of stages, as well as delivering high-energy performances for crowds at larger concert venues. She has also had the opportunity to open for many well-known artists including: Josh Ward, Kevin Fowler, Joe Nichols, Deanna Carter, Pam Tillis, The Bellamy Brothers, Flatland Cavalry, Jon Wolfe, Pat Green, and many more. Don’t miss Kate’s show the next time she comes to your town!
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Hailing from College Station, Morgan Ashley grew up raising cattle and barrel racing. It wasn't long before the music bug hit hard, and she knew that she belonged on a stage somewhere, playing the music she grew up loving and introducing fans to her own unique brand. Her strong vocals mixed with witty lyricism over an ice-cold country tune is the perfect recipe for a Morgan Ashley song. You can find out for yourself with Morgan's latest EP 'Wild Card' on all streaming and downloading platforms!
Morgan currently plays over 150 dates a year at venues across Texas and beyond. She has released a self-titled EP in 2017, a full-length album 'Karma' in 2018, and the 'Wild Card' EP in 2019 with new music on the way! She has had five successful charting songs to Texas Radio Top 40 or higher and was awarded the New Female Vocalist of The Year at the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards in 2021.
Morgan plans to continue releasing music that comes from the heart and to be able to connect with more and more people along the way.
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When it comes to defying the odds and playing the best you can with the hand you’re dealt- Look no further than Chase Richburg. Brazoria, Texas native and lover of Honky Tonk music, Chase Richburg, debuted his first single, “Crown Makes Me A King” in April of 2017. An upbeat, twangy drinking-anthem, “Crown Makes Me A King”, is filled with Telecaster- chicken pickin’ and sawing on the fiddle. Chase Richburg is no stranger to your classic tales of drinking and cheating, following this with his single “Broken Home”, an old school Honky Tonk ballad filled with crying steel guitar and fiddle that touches your soul. With influences that range from Bob Wills, Waylon Jennings, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Dwight Yoakum, you don’t have to dig deep to hear the old school spirit in his music.
Chase Richburg has finally finished his highly anticipated debut album after tragedy struck in November of 2019. While helping a friend on the side of the road he was struck by a drunk driver going 65mph. The impact shot him into the air and back down onto the asphalt road. Lying in the road awaiting help, Chase wondered if he would ever wake up to see another day. It was right then and there that Chase realized how precious, yet short, life is. After undergoing 12 surgeries in 14 days and signing consent to amputate his right leg, doctors finally pulled off a miracle and saved his right leg. Chase spent two months in downtown Houston Memorial Herman hospital followed by another month in a nursing home until he could begin putting weight on his legs again.
Finally, Chase was released to go home in late January of 2020, however the struggle was not over. Due to the extensive physical trauma, Chase had to learn how to walk again. Nevertheless, he persisted with help of friends and family, country music, and his absolute faith in God. Today, Chase is up and walking after undergoing surgery number 13 on his right leg. The feeling of finally finishing this debut album and releasing it cannot be described. Chase’s childhood dream, roughly imagined by playing his broomstick guitar on his front porch to an imaginary sold out stadium as a country artist, has begun to take form. Without a doubt, this is truly a blessing. God bless country music, and God bless Texas.
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Determination and passion paint the walls of country artist Susan Hickman‘s life, causing fans to recognize these vibrant traits undeniably inspire the way she crafts her music. While these are characteristics most acquire as they mature, they seem to be inherent in Hickman’s ethereal essence. At only the age of five she began playing piano and added violin lessons as well a few short years later. As if two instruments wasn’t enough for a young Hickman to handle, at the age of twenty-one, she began teaching herself to play guitar in the living room of her family home in Atascocita, Texas. Hickman finds a unique way to connect her own voice with the instruments she surrounds herself with and has the ability to create melodies which are very much “Louder Than Words”.
At only 12 with no previous experience other than playing and singing in church, Hickman scoured the Yellow Pages for every talent agency in the Houston area and then went on to travel across the country to pursue her dreams. Upon recollecting her journey the first few years Hickman is quick to refer to her mother as a saint from the long business trips to sitting at her shows in the honky-tonks during the early hours of the morning.
In 2010, Susan was named CMA Close Up Who New To Watch In 2010 and has mastered the art of live performances. Hickman's energy, can-do attitude, and not to mention her music has allowed her to captivate audiences with various large scale acts such as Miranda Lambert, Jo Dee Messina, Shenandoah, Dean Dillon, Robert Earl Keen & Daryle Singletary. While 2010 was a pivotal year for Hickman it also proved to be a difficult one as well, she relied heavily upon her determination and positive attitude. Because she was playing guitar and singing nearly 10 hours a day between rehearsals and shows, Hickman was left having to get two surgeries. But if you’ve learned one thing about this performance powerhouse, it’s that nothing will stop her mind from taking her where she needs to go, not even her own body. Her injuries did not stop her from developing quite a following in the U.S. and Europe. Susan has played through her pain and entertained audiences at Nashville’s renowned CMA Music Festival and even at France’s 23rd Annual Country Rendez-Vous Festival. Not to mention winning Texas CMA Female Vocalist of The Year 2015.
Her last two albums, self titled release Susan Hickman & Louder than Words Vol 1 were both critically acclaimed and received attention from various high level outlets from Country Weekly to Dreamwest. Regarding her single Hell Still Ain’t Frozen Over, Music Row Magazine had this to say—
“She’s quite a vocalist, with a delivery as sure and true as an arrow. The throaty breaks in her performance are perfect for the heartache in this finely crafted power ballad. The production builds splendidly in the choruses. Excellent work all around. Well worth your spins and your support.”-Robert K Oermann, Music Row Magazine
As Hickman reflects on her gypsy lifestyle she shares she has done a lot of soul searching. She has taken time to discover herself as a person and then as an artist, though she cleverly mentions they often fight with one another. Only in her thirties, Hickman seems wise beyond her years and has a bright career ahead of her. She is a strong role model for women everywhere, showing them anything is possible when you live out your story with a strong will and a big heart.
Will Carter is a country singer and songwriter from Katy, Texas whose talent and commitment have earned him over a dozen singles on the Texas music charts. Three of these songs have crossed successfully over to Nashville’s Music Row Chart, extending his fan base nationwide. For the last three consecutive years, Carter has been nominated Male Vocalist of the Year and awarded Songwriter of the Year at the Texas Country Music Association Awards. This year the Will carter Band
Texas born and bred, Will Carter was raised on his family’s farm with a day-and-night work regimen. It’s where he learned to respect hard work and traditional values. This environment provided Will a gateway to country music. Carter likes to say, “Music found me at age three when I began singing. I picked up my first guitar at age 10.” He’s never looked back.
Carter’s love and passion for storytelling infuses his songwriting with compelling narratives. An even more intimate relationship with music developed when Carter was a teenager. When his father became severely ill, Carter created a playlist of his father’s favorite songs to share with his dad, providing both with renewed comfort and joy. Carter sold the same playlist on CD to help raise money for his family which, in turn, landed him on the Debra Duncan television show when he was just 13. These songs were played for his father every day until he passed. The peace, comfort, and inspiration made possible thru heartfelt lyrics and simple melody continue to guide Carter’s songwriting, consistently landing Top 20 singles on the Texas charts. His second new release in 2022, “Had It All Wrong,” is out in October with much anticipated chart success.
The Will Carter Band is actively touring, performing over 150 shows a year, and is a finalist for Country Band of The Year at the 2022 Texas Country Music Awards. The band’s high-energy performances offer a country music tour de force that appeals to music fans of all ages. Will Carter Band currently boasts over 19,000 social media followers, has opened for Cody Johnson, Randy Rogers, Bart Crow, Jack Ingram, Larry Gatlin, Saints Eleven, Josh Ward, Cody Canada and others, and has been featured on podcasts such as The Troubadour, The Sports Guys, and Scenes Live. Will Carter’s music catalogue can be heard on radio stations nationally with particularly heavy airplay in Texas and surrounding states. Be sure to catch the next Will Carter Band show when it comes to town!
Dreaming Big, Carving a Path and Never Detouring Independent country artist Sandee June has a way of drawing you in with her rich, soothing tone and instantly connecting you with the lyrics of a song. She’s a singer, songwriter and lifelong Texan who grew up listening to her parents’ music – Michael Martin Murphey, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens and Elton John. She admits she has classic rock in her soul, but when she sings, it always “comes out country.” Maybe that’s because time spent with her grandparents always included listening to Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn – two of her all-time music heroes. There’s no doubt you can hear the influences of these two country music icons every time Sandee June steps up to a microphone. Just like her heroes, the storytelling quality in her voice is not something she learned – it’s a God-given gift that perfectly reflects the experiences of her life. You see, Sandee June’s path in music isn’t typical, but one she is uniquely carving on her own, fueled by words of wisdom from her parents that she’s carried with her since she was a child.
“Growing up, my mom used to always tell me this – ‘Honey, don’t die with your music still inside.’ What she meant by that was – if there’s a change you want to make in life, or if there is something inside you that you want to do – do it,” said Sandee June. “And my dad always told me, ‘Honey, I don’t care how old you are, don’t ever stop learning something new.’”
While she’s always kept those words close to her heart, for the past 30 years she has focused on her children and a career in nursing. “There are a lot of things I would have liked to have done for myself, but I knew it would take two incomes to raise a big family. I thought, if I’m going to work, I am going to get a degree and make good money,” she said. “When I got accepted to nursing school, I had a 3-month-old, a 2-year-old, a 4-year- old and an 8-year-old. I look back on that now and think – how in the world did I do that? But I did.”
With that same grit and determination – on her 50th birthday – she remembered her parents’ advice and set out to achieve a new goal. “I have always had a deep passion for music, so when I turned 50, I woke up and thought – this is the perfect time to do something for me. So, I went and bought myself a guitar,” she said. She taught herself to play guitar by watching YouTube videos and then realized it would be a lot more fun to sing along. Soon after, her fiancé, Ed Bradley, heard her and said, “by God, I think you can sing!”
Empowered with six strings and a silky, classic country voice, she decided to start playing at open mics in the Clear Lake and Dickinson areas, southeast of Houston. The positive response she received encouraged her to start recording music and sharing it with others. “When I set my mind to do something, I don’t detour. I don’t get off track, I just do it,” she said. In October 2020, she released her first song to Texas country radio – “Somewhere Between Hell and a Honky Tonk.” “That song was written by a very good friend of mine, Randy Meadows; and he allowed me to add a couple of lines to make it my own. It’s a song that could be about a relationship or a place in a person’s life where you might feel a little lost – like you’re between two places and maybe it’s time for a change. I’ve always connected to the lyrics because they remind me of what my mom used to say – ‘don’t die with your music still inside you.’ So, if you’re not happy – make a change so you are.”
Sandee June is beyond happy with her new journey and has already experienced great opportunities including opening for Texas country artist Josh Ward. “The first time we saw Josh Ward was at Armadillo Palace in Houston. He was walking around the corner and I stopped him and asked if I could have a picture with him. I was starstruck at the time, and then there I was on Labor Day weekend, one of his opening acts. That was a Cinderella story for me,” she added.
What excites her most now is seeing her dream come to life and knowing that her children and grandchildren are watching and supporting her. “My kids were shocked at first – wow, what’s going on? Mom turns 50 and joins a band,” she laughed. “My grandkids just think it’s the best. We have the best time in our music room. They all grab a guitar or a microphone and want to sing and play. I hope it inspires them, as well, to be creative in life and keep learning.”
Sandee June hopes to be an inspiration to all and encourages people to dream big, create their own path, and never detour.
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