Brazos Valley Fair & Rodeo: What To Eat, See, And Do in Bryan, TX - 2022
Showcasing agriculture, education, & youth to enhance our Texas culture, join the Brazos Valley Fair & Rodeo in their 11th year of all things livestock showing, mutton bustin’, barrel racing, and more!
Kicking off October 14-16 and continuing October 21-23, we’ve put together an ultimate guide to this year’s Fair & Rodeo that guarantees you and your family the chance to make the most out each weekend! Be sure to follow Destination Bryan on Instagram to see more fun things to do in Bryan, Texas.
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Car Show & Tractor Pull | October 16
Kicking off the official Brazos Valley Fair & Rodeo is the family-friendly and exciting Car Show & Tractor Pull! This event is unique to the fair and features all sorts of tractors and heavy-duty machinery doing what they were made to do! The gates open at 11:00AM with "Crowd Favorite" car voting till 12:30PM and the Tractor Pull starting at 2:00PM.
RODEO ARENA EVENTS
Bareback Riding | October 21-23
In Bareback Riding, the only thing between the cowboy and the ground is the horse and a thin strap of leather that the cowboy hangs on to with one hand. If that’s not hard enough, the cowboy also has to keep his spurs above the horse’s shoulders!
Barrel Racing | October 21-23
In Barrel Racing, a cowgirl and her horse run a clover leaf pattern around barrels as fast as they can without tipping over any barrels. It’s a very tight competition, with the winner’s margin sometimes being a mere one hundredth of a second!
Breakaway Roping | October 21-23
Breakaway roping is a variation of calf roping where a calf is roped, but not thrown and tied. It’s up to the fastest cowgirl or cowboy to win!
Bull Riding | October 21-23
It’s not as easy as it looks, and it doesn’t look easy! Staying on the back of a bull is an extreme sport. No matter where you are on the fair-grounds, better run back to the stands, this is eight seconds that you won’t want to miss!
Calf Roping | October 21-23
In Calf Roping the cowboy or cowgirl must rope a calf from horseback and then dismount and restrain the calf by tying three legs together for at least six seconds. Often, the cowboy will gallop his horse as soon as the calf leaves the chute, but if he crosses the line too soon, he gets a “cowboy speeding ticket!”
Saddle Bronc Riding | October 21-23
Saddle Bronc Riding is similar to Bareback Riding, except the horse has a saddle and halter on. Now, just because there is a saddle and a bit of leather attached to the horse’s head, don’t think it’s easy. It’s not!
Steer Wrestling | October 21-23
In Steer Wrestling, the cowboy chases a steer, leaps off his galloping horse, grabs the steer by the horns, and wrestles it to the ground. As you might imagine, since there are horns involved, Steer Wrestling is the most dangerous of the timed events!
Team Roping | October 21-23
In Team Roping two cowboys or cowgirls on horseback work together to capture a steer. Both ropers back their horses until the ropes are tight and the steer stops. At that point, the clock stops. The fastest team wins!
Chuck Wagon Races | October 21-23
The Chuckwagon Races are one event in which people can get as much excitement from the sponsors of the rigs as they do from the actual races. The wagons are drawn by a team of ponies, bred for speed and agility, and driven by gutsy people!
Petting Zoos + More
Twiggy The Water Skiing Squirrel | October 21-23
New to the 2022 Brazos Valley Fair & Rodeo - Twiggy the world-famous water skiing squirrel has been entertaining parents and children alike with her water ski show since 1979! Be sure to check out this awesome show on the Fairway during the Fair!
Sea Lion Splash Show | October 21-23
New to the 2022 Brazos Valley Fair & Rodeo - The sea lions will amaze you as they balance balls, shoot hoops, dance, perform handstands and show off their smiles. Be sure to check them on the fairway with shows scheduled each day of the main fair weekend! An amazing show that everyone will enjoy.
Animal Exhibits | October 21-23
The Animal Exhibit is home to the hatching baby chicks, chicken coop, pigs, goats, horses, and more. See these great animals up close and learn what they eat, where they live, and how big they grow to be!
Petting Zoo | October 21-23
Fairgoers can visit the Petting Zoo in the AgLand Kids Zone where there are all types of furry animals ready to be fed and pet as you walk through the display! The petting zoo is free to enter with an option to purchase feed for the animals at the entrance to the Petting Zoo.
Swifty Swine Pig Races | October 21-23
If you've never been to a pig race, you're in for a real treat! They run as fast as their little legs can take 'em, and then it's back to nap time to be ready for the next race! Swifty Swine travels all over the United States, bringing this unique form of family entertainment to their fans. When you see a race at the "Pork Chop International Speedway," you experience something you can't get anywhere else!
Livestock Showings | October 21-23
Showing heifers, steers, goats, and more the Brazos Valley Fair & Rodeo livestock showings run all weekend long. View the schedule of particular livestock showings here.
Carnival | October 21-23
Bring out the whole family for the highest quality carnival in BCS! The carnival is fully fenced in and access to the area is included with your Fairgrounds ticket. For the best value we recommend purchasing an unlimited ride wristband ahead of time!
Boot Scramble | October 21-23
The Boot Scramble is a fun event for children to participate in during the daily rodeo. When it is time for the Boot Scramble children remove their boots in the center of the rodeo arena, and must race to find their scrambled boots. First kid to make it back to the finish line wins!
Farmland & Corn Boxes | October 21-23
At the Fair & Rodeo, Farmland is where your little ones can spend hours playing on this fun, little farm! Images of the countryside, toy tractors and machinery are all around, plus the kiddos can jump into the corn box for some extra playtime!
Pony Rides | October 21-23
Little cowboys and cowgirls can experience the fun and exciting Pony Rides. Mom and Dad be sure to bring the camera and catch the action when your little one saddle's up. The smiles and laughs make for great memories for the entire family!
Western World | October 21-23
Let the kids try their hand at roping! In the Fair’s Western Area kids have the opportunity to practice and perfect their roping skills!
Aaron Watson | Friday, October 21 | Tickets $15
Kicking off the Fair on Friday, October 21st is the always popular Aaron Watson. For over 20 years now, Aaron Watson has traveled the land as country’s ultimate underdog troubadour. Matching sold-out shows across the country with homegrown hits, he’s followed suit at country radio, making history in 2017 with “Outta Style” and “Run Wild Horses.” But despite the success, the Texas native remains a fighter punching far above his weight, constantly defending his right to be in the ring. And with his new album, Unwanted Man, he reminds all who care to listen that it’s just fine by him.
Purchase your tickets for Aaron Watson here.
Mark Chesnutt | Saturday, October 22 | Tickets $15
Saturday, October 22nd is the exciting classic country addition to the Fair’s line up, Mark Chesnutt. Mark Chesnutt is one of country’s true musical treasures. Critics have hailed him as a classic country singer of the first order and some of country music’s most elite entertainers, from George Jones to George Strait, echo the sentiment.Mark Chesnutt’s stature is easily gauged. He has 14 No. 1 hits, 23 top-ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records to his credit. Mark Chesnutt has a knack for picking great songs, delivering them with world-class style and a heart-felt emotion.
Purchase your tickets for Mark Chesnutt concert here.
Los Ligaditos and Los Viejones De Linares | Sunday, October 23 | Tickets $15
Los Ligaditos began in 2011 and continues to perform a very youthful, and very distinctive norteño style music that delights the crowd. Los Ligaditos has been invited to share stages in the United States and Mexico with groups that they have admired since they were children, including Los Invasores de Nuevo León, Los Tigres del Norte, and Intocable, among many others. Headlining the Sunday performance will be Los Viejones De Linares the rebirth of the 1980’s group Los Cadetes de Linares. The group is represented with the quartet as heirs of the norteño sound. The band has added a touch of freshness for new generations to enjoy and has played stages across Mexico and the United States.
Purchase your tickets for Los Ligaditos and Los Viejones De Linares concert here.
Enjoy shopping from a variety of vendors in the Exhibit Hall as you enter the Fair! There really is something for everyone with clothing, food samples, jewelry, home, and more! You can also take time to walk around and check out all the quilts and artwork that have been entered in the Fair’s contests.
Looking to spruce up your rodeo attire before the big weekend? Shop local and find all your western outfit & accessory needs at the shops listed below:
Texas Rose Boutique
FOOD & DRINK
At the Brazos Valley Fair & Rodeo there will be plenty tasty treats and concessions including elotes, snow cones, kettle corn, BBQ, and fried food galore!
If you're looking for more places in Bryan to grab a bite, check out our Official Taco Trail featuring dozens of authentic taquerias, Mexican restaurants, and even a few non-traditional & fusion taco offerings. Simply sign up for your digital passport & check in at participating restaurants to start earning prizes.
Visit all 44 trail stops to earn a Bryan Taco Trail Champion flag to hang on your wall and a permanent spot on our virtual Bryan Taco Trail Wall of Fame! Get started on your Bryan Taco Trail adventure today. Sign up here!
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