Several members of the New Caney and Splendora FFA’s, as well as other FFA organizations, are participating in the East Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo, which concludes this last weekend of September.
The Fair and Rodeo is held at Bull Sallas Park in New Caney.
The Porter FFA participated in the annual Parade and Car Show at the Fair and Rodeo. The Parade and Car Show is hosted by Taylor’s Organization.
Dillon Harp is Vice President of the Porter FFA.
“There’s many ups and downs involved with showing animals, and that goes into school life well, because when you’re showing animals, you’re not always going to make a sale. In school, you’re not always going to make good grades, said Harp. The FFA teaches you that if you put your mind to doing something and you work towards one specific goal, that will make you a better individual.”
Bradin Dromgoole is the Reporter for the Porter FFA.
“We put in a lot of hard work and dedication to get here, said Dromgoole. “FFA teaches you that you can’t always win in life. Not everything is always going to go well, but you learn to fail, you learn to win, and you learn to get back up and try again.”
There are four contestants for this year’s East Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo King and Queen Contest.
The two Queen contestants are Sabra Holden, a Junior at a Porter High School, and Brooke Seale, a Junior at Splendora High School.
“I like the measurements the Fair and Rodeo is taking (COVID-19 precautions). There is a lot of social distancing and a lot of precautions, said Holden. I was surprised I was able to get this opportunity since I didn’t do much in AG before, so I haven’t really been around this environment, and I like it a lot. It’s very fun. There’s many people who I’ve met who have impacted by life greatly.”
Seale said it’s a blessing to be able to participate in the Fair and Rodeo.
“With all of the uncertainty, it’s just a blessing to be able to be out here and enjoy ourselves with everybody,” said Seale.
The two King contestants are Logan Navarro, a Junior at Porter High School, and Cash Lortz, a Junior at Porter High School.
“I was surprised that we were able to do this Fair since many of them around us have been cancelled, and it’s a blessing that we can be here and participate in the things that we love to do,” said Cash.
Navarro said it was nice to be out at the fair and get to socialize with other students and friends.
“I am participating because one of my friends participated last year, and I’m doing it also for college tuition,” said Navarro.”
One of the other big events at the Fair and Rodeo is the Barbeque Cookoff Contest.
One of this year’s cookoff teams is Martin Chrysler Dodge Jeep.
“We started preparing the meat yesterday, then put it back on ice. The brisket is going to take about eight hours, chicken is about four hours and the ribs take about 3 ½ hours,” said Trevor Montgomery, who’s on the Martin Chrysler Dodge Jeep team. I like participating in the cookoff because I like cooking and I like feeding people.”