Crosby Rodeo attracts record buyers and fans


CROSBY – The Crosby Fair & Rodeo attracted record numbers of buyers and fans to the Livestock auction, record numbers of attendants at the P.R.C.A. Rodeo and concerts for June 10 through June 13.

The Crosby Fair & Rodeo Livestock Auction sold Delynn Michalsky’s Grand Champion Market Steer for $10,000 to Certifab. She said she was thrilled that her steer was selected for Grand Champion and that amount was “Absolutely fabulous.”

Her mother, Rhonda Michalsky indicates that the steer was named “Highway” because he had escaped his confines one afternoon and was found on U.S. 90 bound for Liberty, other than this one steer Delynn does not name livestock.

Some $159,025 changed hands at auction from 100 items at bid before resale. Certifab bought four items for $19,350 in total before resale. R.L. Doskocil/C.M.T. purchased eight items. Oil Well Tubular was in on the purchase of seven items. The Fair Board has yet to release official tallies and amounts for auction and for attendance to the three nights of rodeo and concerts.

This week’s Star-Courier has a special pull out section with Grand and Reserve Champions and special recognitions for the 63rd Annual Crosby Fair & Rodeo on pages 5 though 8.

Check out the Champions gallery!

This year Gary Smith purchased the Belt Buckle in honor of his father, Wayne Smith, the 2009 Catalogue was dedicated to Wayne as recognition of his 25 years of service to the rodeo in capacities as Chairman of the Board and President and also as an Honorary Member. A special tribute to Wayne was presented to the Crosby Fair & Rodeo of 93-94% of the Crosby Fair Catalog. Baytown Youth Fair bought back the Fabian’s Quilt that Crosby Fair & Rodeo had bought from them for $1000.

Rodeo Highlights

This year the Thursday night performance attracted more than previous attendance packing the parking full. The sport of Rodeo saw the return of Fred Williamson to Crosby Former World Champion Cowboy. Williamson participated in the calf roping event and his adroit with the lasso and rope is unmatched. Concert opening act David Glenn met with fan before and after his stage performance. He put on an exciting act with contagious enthusiasm that some would call unruly and quite welcome. When Kevin Fowler took to the stage observers could not only tell that most of the ladies wondered that they might be his “Butterbean” but most of the crowd were mouthing the words to the various songs. Fowler had the most crowd of all performers during all three nights.

Local talent Cody Kouba led Friday nights concert performance with an exciting eclectic of old and new, traditional gospel and original songs. Cody packed a tremendous energy into his performance and demonstrated why he is being tapped and winning contests to take a chance in the Memphis scene.

The Eli Young Band packed in the college age attendance and this year the Friday night gate seemed slightly higher than last year with Jack Ingram. Certainly the parking lot was full.

The Saturday night Rodeo features brought out the championship surge in cowboys.

Performances were at a fever pitch. The gate for Saturday’s performance seemed slightly off for Gene Watson and the Bellamy Brothers.