West Fair and Rodeo Association
On June 24th, 1947 at 8 PM, H. J. Kozelski, President
of the West Chamber of Commerce, called a meeting to order for the purpose
of organizing a fair and rodeo association. Henry Heitmiller made a motion
to name it the West Fair and Rodeo Association.
R.J. Marak of the nominating committee nominated George I. Kacir as Chairman, Joseph F. Holasek as Vice-chairman, E. E. Wallas as Second Vice-Chairman, Fred Plsek as Secretary-Treasurer and Reverend J. E. Roth, H. L. Heitmiller, Louis Kramr, Raymond Nemecek and E. J. Black as Directors. August Dulak made a motion that the Officers and Directors find suitable land for purchase.
On July 9th, 1947, Joseph F. Holasek reported that an arena would cost around $4100 to build, including chutes, pens and bleachers. C. P. Vickery estimated it would cost around $2125 to build a 40' x 100' Fair Building. The committee of C. P. Vickery, Elo Zatopek, J. L. Horsak, Louis Kramr and H. L. Heitmiller accompanied Joe Goddard, the City Surveyor, to determine the corners on fifteen acres of land A. F. Pustejousky had agreed to sell to the Association.
On August 21st, 1947, the committees met with B. B. Bruner, a rodeo producer. He offered to put on a Class A, 3 day rodeo for $1750. Total purse was set at $1700 with an additional budget of $500 for advertising, tickets and utilities. The committee accepted the offer and the first rodeo was held October 2nd-4th, 1947.
Some cost examples from 1947:
KWTX radio advertising - $20
WACO radio advertising - $20
Waco Tribune-Herald advertising - $12.50
Posters - $47.50
Handbills - $19
Signs - $37.50
The 1947 rodeo included a raffle of a horse and saddle purchased for $250.
|The West Fair and Rodeo Association grounds and facilities can be rented or leased year round. Exceptions are during the WFRA Annual Rodeo and WestFest. We entertain many functions such as Rodeos, Barrel Races, Ropings, Horse Shows, Music Festivals, Heritage Festivals, Barbeque Cookoffs, Weddings and Family Reunions.|
|The West Fair and Rodeo Association grounds include:|
|A 95' x 200' Arena with aluminum bleachers seating approximately 5000|
|A 200' x 200' covered outside dance floor|
|A 80' x 100' Exhibits Building|
|A 20' x 80' Concessions Building|
|A 40' x 60' Meeting Building with full kitchen facilities and restrooms|
|A large separate Restroom Building|
|Several parking areas are available|
|All outdoor areas are lighted with both automatic and manual controls.|
|Click on text for pictures of each Building or area|
Arena rental - Please contact Arena Secretary
West Fair & Rodeo retains concession rights
West Fair & Rodeo is due half of the price of admission if admission is charged for spectators.
Renter is responsible for all trash removal
Please contact the West Fair and Rodeo Association Secretary for further information.
Page last updated: 06/09/16