Shark attack survivor celebrating life at Fort Bend County Fair

Garret Sebesta was attacked by a shark in June, but he is back now at the Fort Bend County Fair showing livestock for his eighth year in a row
September 30, 2013 3:20:31 PM PDT
It's the 77th year for the Fort Bend County Fair, which gets bigger and better every year. They had record crowds this weekend, and organizers say it's all about hard work and having a good time.

At this year's Fort Bend County Fair, it's OK for kids to throw whiffle balls at their teachers.

"I think that they love it! I don't know if I will," teacher Megan Blair said.

On Monday, kids from Lamar Consolidated Independent School District's Dickinson Elementary took aim at teachers in a sort of "game show" where everybody gets a chance to take part. It's a stress relief, the kids say.

"Because sometimes your teachers can be sometimes bossy," student Chloe Moczygemda said.

"So this is a way to get back at them?" we asked.

"Yes!" Moczygemda exclaimed.

They run through all kinds of games, like the Muscle Man Challenge and pyramid-stacking races -- fun for young and old. It's a way for moms and dads to really connect with their kids while here.

"We want our kids to see us being silly. That's what our game show is all about, helping kids and parents to interact together and have a fun time while doing it," Bill Buchanan said.

That relationship is vital to the children's success. Just look at Garret Sebesta.

Sebesta was attacked by a shark in June while in waist-deep water off of Surfside. It's going on four months now since the incident, and he's been through five surgeries, but he is back now at the Fort Bend County Fair showing livestock for his eighth year in a row.

"Mentally, just push thorough," Sebesta said. "Get the job done."

He credits his mother, family and friends for helping him get back to show his heifer and other animals. He was hospitalized for 45 days and said he could not be doing it without them.

"Proud; very proud because we didn't think we'd be there," his mother, Marina Sebesta, said.

Sebesta wasn't sure he'd survive the attack, calling it one of the scariest moments of his life. Now he's healed, though still in pain. But he said the fair is still fun, and there's nowhere else he'd rather be. He shows a lamb on Tuesday and his heifer on Wednesday.

The fair runs through October 6, and there's so much more going on. To see the daily schedule or get more information on the fair and rodeo, head to FortBendCountyFair.com.

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