How We Began
In the fall of 1938, the trustees of the Bay City Independent School District employed a young man to organize the first vocational agriculture department at Bay City High School. He was John E. Hutchison, and the department and the Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter he organized was outstanding in its accomplishments under his leadership. The chapter won district and state honors, and state championship in dairy cattle judging and in the national competition at Kansas City where they placed third in the nation. The participation of FFA students and their animals at the Houston Fat Stock Show as well as smaller state shows was initiated by John Hutchison.
In 1944 he organized the FFA Livestock Show which was held on a vacant lot across the street from the old icehouse (now First National Bank parking lot on Eighth Street). He was joined by a group of interested businessmen and cattlemen and the next show was held on the Rugeley Motor Company parking lot. That show eventually became the Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Show.
John Hutchison has received many honors in his life, one of them being one of the proud founders of the Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Show.