Welcome to Jim Hogg County Fair March 17-18, 2017| Hebbronville, TX
The Jim Hogg County Fair is the longest running festival in the county. The Jim Hogg County Fair was officially organized under the name “The Jim Hogg County Fair Association” on May 24, 1985 however the annual event dates back much further. In 1985, Mr. E.G. Nava was elected as its first president. In this same year, Marissa Ramirez was crowned Miss Jim Hogg County Queen. Shortly thereafter, in 1987, The Little Mr. and Miss Jim Hogg County was introduced with Albert Pena and Leslie Garza taking the title. In 1988 The Jim Hogg County Fair Association began recognizing local ranchers for their continuous support and generosity and named Ascension Martinez as the Rancher of the Year. With no permanent facilities to call its own, the County Fair used whatever facilities it could to hold its show. In its early days, the American Legion once a year became known as the Fairgrounds.
In 1994, the Jim Hogg County Fair Association formally announced the purchase of a permanent location and has since been the home of the Jim Hogg County Fair. In addition to the purchase, additional land was donated to the association from the family of Aris Barrera. This location has grown over the years to include the biggest dance hall in the county, known by everyone as the Jim Hogg County Fair Pavilion. An outdoor pavilion was later constructed as well as the show barn, which houses all the livestock.
The center attraction of the county fair has always been the livestock show. Throughout the existence of the Fair, many species have been shown by the FFA and 4H exhibitors competing for the events highest honor, “Grand Champion”. Some of these species include Steers, Bulls, Heifers, Lambs, Hogs, Goats, Fryers and Rabbits. Other exciting events have since been added to the county fair such as the Trail Ride, Carnival, Parade, Youth Day and Cook-off to name a few.
The goal of the Fair Association is to promote agricultural and animal husbandry, education, entertainment, competition, youth development and community outreach. Over the years the Jim Hogg County Fair Association has strived to improve for the betterment of the community.