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About the Needville Youth Fair



The NYF is a non-profit [Section 501 (c) (3)] corporation that owns and operates a seven-acre fairground facility dedicated to serving the children of our community. The fairground has a first-class agricultural barn and arena, fair office and concession stand as well as buildings to house arts and crafts and educational projects.  

Management consists of a 40-member Board of Directors, made up entirely of volunteers consisting of local business people, citizens, and educators including 4-H, FFA and FCCLA leaders.  The full Board holds monthly meetings 10 months out of the year in addition to special meetings held by the Executive Board and Committee Chairmen.  


PRESIDENT:                                       Mark Jochen


SECRETARY:                                       Ashley Soape

TREASURER:                                      Tracey Myska
CO-TREASURER:                                 Chris Stoeltje

HISTORIAN:                                       Scott 




The Needville Youth Fair, Corporation, was founded to organize, build a facility, produce, sponsor, and hold an annual fair for the local children. The organization was to promote the interest of youth in agriculture, livestock, creative arts, educational and scientific projects, exhibitions and contests, livestock judging contests, queen’s contests, booths by other non-profit organizations (to help them fund their own activities), a parade, pet show, arena games, entertainment and awards and recognition ceremony.  Many educational projects are geared to meet state of Texas’ mandated educational goals in the fields of science, social studies, history and foreign language.  Additionally, the organization is to bring closer relationships between the youth and adults in the community while teaching responsibility, cooperation and other valuable positive life lessons. The organization proudly makes available scholarships for worthy graduates of Needville I.S.D. to further their education. The organization cooperates fully with the FFA, FCCLA, 4-H Clubs, and other charitable organizations to promote their work in the community as well as with the NISD board and their administrators.


Each year, the Needville Youth Fair Corp. recognizes special individuals as "honorary members" to the NYF:

  1991  Lou Fredrickson       2001  Leo and Helen Mikeska       2011  James and Diane Cottrell  
  1992 Jimmy and Theresa Dorr   2002 Clyde and Peggy Raesner    2012 Dwight Callis   
  1993 Hugo and Helen Ley   2003 Charles Roehling   2013
Ralph Albright  
  1994 Leroy Kohleffel   2004 Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Hartfield   2014 Mr. and Mrs. AJ Dorr  
  1995 Kermit Blezinger   2005 The Dennis Stavinoha Family   2015  Mr. and Mrs. Krecji  
  1996 Dr. Joe Yeldermann   2006 Louis and Brenda Teykl   2016  Jim Smith Family  
  1997 Founding Members* (1957-1997)   2007 The Paul Wenzel Family   2017  Dr. John Stern  
  1998 Rev. George Kuebler   2008 Walter and Juanita Todd   2018  CJ & Marcene Mazac  
  1999 L.H. "Pete" and Dorothy Wieghat   2009 Mike and Cindy Nulisch   2019  Dr. Wayne Ley  
  2000 Tommy Stavinoha
Rita Herrmann 
  2010 Jo Svatek  

*Founding Members: Howard Pickle, H.H. Bartels, James Boone, Paul Demel, Melvin Elster, Otto Graeber, Helen Ley, Hugo Ley, Frances Murphy, John Nesvadba, Herbert Nowotny, Margaret Otto, Thomas Pope, Clarence Reichie, E.A. Reininger, Freddie Schroeder, Ladd Stavinoha, Juanita Todd, Margie Turrichi, Edwin Wendt and Alphonse Zatopek


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