Queen’s contest to kick off Rice Festival 


The 2018 Rice Festival is scheduled to run from Oct. 4-7 but the queen’s pageant will kick off this year’s festivities Saturday, Sept. 29.

The queen’s pageant will begin at 7 p.m. at the Keye-Ingram Auditorium.

The queen’s team will be held Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bay City Country Club with the queen’s pageant to follow later that evening. 

The queen’s contestants this year include Rosmary Lucio, Skylar Reyna, Madison Simons, Abigail Gonzales, Madison Garay, Madison Southall, Megan Thomas, Alise Wilson, Hannah Sliva, Rachel Schwartz, Anisa Cornett, Bethany Robbins, Raegan Galvan, Kennedy Thompson, Cassidy Perrine, Chloe Gann, Ayanna Grice and Mykayla Gibson. (See Page 5A for photos of all the contestants)

The Rice Festival is highlighted this year with a Christian concert featuring Jason Crabb on Friday, Oct. 5. Tickets are still available for the concert set for the Matagorda County Fairgrounds. 

The concert will feature Crabb and Kist by Grace and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Adult general admission tickets are $12 in advance and $18 the day of the event. Child general admission tickets (ages 5-11) are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.

Tickets are available at Bay City Feed, Wild Bill’s Western Wear, Prosperity Bank, the fair office, all Bay City Lions Club members, Custom Auto Refinishers, Green Brothers Jewelers and the Matagorda County Credit Union. 

“I am excited about this event,” said Matagorda County Fair Manager Julie Culver. “This new Christian music is pretty much rock and roll as well. Crabb sings the old songs as well. I just wanted something that everyone can enjoy and I think this concert will do just that.

“We wanted to do something for everyone,” Culver said. “With everything that we have been through in this county, it was a good time for us to have a concert like this.”

Culver said the response to the Christian concert has been positive.

“The reception to this announcement has been very good and positive,” Culver said. “We have already sold some tickets for the event and we are getting calls from all over the area wanting tickets for this show.”

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