FAIR OAKS RANCH — It’s time to party as the city celebrates a 30th anniversary with a parade, live music and fireworks Sept. 29.
“It’s a benchmark year for the city; 30 years of incorporation is extremely important. It’s a huge milestone,” said City Manager Tobin Maples.
Kim Stahr, director of human resources and communication for the town, said this is its biggest party yet.
With the help of Maples and event planning from Debbie Farquhar, owner of Creative Marketing, city officials hope the birthday bash will be the kickoff for yearly festivities bringing residents together.
“We’ve got great community pride here and we want to continue to leverage that. Fair Oaks Ranch is what it is because of the citizens, and so we want to create some momentum for an annual event as well,” Maples said.
A showcase of the celebration includes information on how Fair Oaks Ranch became a city and the family behind its founding.
In the 1930s, oilman Ralph Fair Sr. acquired several parcels of land and created a working ranch with a dairy and granary. Originally, the land served as a racehorse operation.
“We have so many new residents. A lot of people who’ve moved into the city … don’t know the history,” Stahr said. “We’re working with the Fair family to put together a nice exhibit that will explain how this area came to be what it is.”
Fair Oaks Ranch incorporated Jan. 21, 1988. The population has grown from 5,986 in 2010 to an estimated 9,100 in 2017, according to federal data.
Starting at 8 a.m., Cibolocreek Community Church, 30395 Ralph Fair Road, will host a Fun Run/Walk 5K.
A hometown parade follows at 10 a.m.
Most of the action the rest of the day is at Fair Oaks Ranch Golf & Country Club, 7900 Fair Oaks Parkway. At 11 a.m., there will be live music, vendor booths, a golf tournament (1:30 p.m. shotgun start), children’s activities, and the history exhibition.
“I think it’s going to give the residents of Fair Oaks Ranch an opportunity to go to the country club and enjoy a one-day experience,” Farquhar said.
All townspeople can participate in the golf tourney. Teams are a make-your-own, four-person scramble. To register, contact the club’s pro shop at 210-582-6700
Fireworks, starting at 9 p.m., take place on the driving range.
“It will be a great time for the residents to just hang out and visit, and celebrate the city,” Stahr said.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and dessert is from Tin Can Custard and Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery.
Children’s activities include access to the swimming pool, face painting, an obstacle course and inflatables. The Boy Scouts also will be on hand for demonstrations and to collect nonperishable goods for a local food pantry.
The shindig has taken several months to arrange.
“There is a lot of work behind the scenes for any festival that is planned, no matter the size, no matter the amount of days it goes on, because everything has to be done,” Farquhar said.
Helpers are needed to greet guests at entrances, as well as in the children’s area, at vendor booths and more.
“What makes the city so great is residents willing to volunteer in their areas of expertise,” Maples said. “It’s phenomenal.”
Farquhar said at least 50 to 75 volunteers at the country club would help the event run smoothly.
In addition to City Council funding, sponsorships came thanks to folks out “pounding the pavement,” Maples said.
Sponsors include GVTC Communications, H-E-B, Pape-Dawson Engineers Inc., Rotary Club of Fair Oaks Ranch, the country club, CDM Smith, Advisors Asset Management Inc. and Freese and Nichols Inc.
“It’s an exciting time. Thirty years is a big deal for the city,” Maples said.
Those interested in volunteering or vendor opportunities can contact Stahr at 210-698-0900, ext. 203.
For more and a schedule, visit fairoaksranchtx.org/445/30th-Anniversary-Celebration.