Courtney Jowers was crowned Miss Brown County Fair Association 2018 in a Saturday afternoon ceremony in the ag barn of the county fairgrounds.

Jowers, representing the Early FFA, won the crown over first runner-up Annie Metcalfe of May, second runner-up Cheyenne Stroope of Brownwood and Jessica Armour of Zephyr. Taylor Simpson and Henslie Hohertz, both of Early ISD, were named Princess and Junior Miss Fair Association, respectively.

A senior at Early High, Jowers said she has been participating in the youth fair since the third grade. “It’s in your blood. The Youth Fair’s just something that you do,” Jowers said. “My sister’s been showing for a long time, so I’ve always been here with my sister and then I started.”

She said winning Miss Brown County Fair Association is an “amazing” feeling. “It means a lot,” she said. “I’ve worked really hard, and so have the other girls. Livestock is my passion. I love the Youth Fair — it’s my favorite time of year.”

Even though she has been showing at the fair for years, Jowers said she didn’t seriously consider running for Miss Fair Association until “about two weeks before the deadline.”

“I was dead-set on not doing it,” she laughed. “But I love the Youth Fair, I love livestock, and I love to be an ambassador and helping younger kids. I feel like this gives me a better opportunity to mentor the younger generation and get them involved in agriculture.”

Jowers said that mentorship is what she’s looking forward to most about her tenure as Miss Fair Association. “Whether I won or not, I would be here next year supporting everybody,” she said. “I’m really excited to come back.

“I just want to give all glory to God, and I want to thank my family and the community and everybody who’s supported us through this.”

Jowers serves as treasurer for her 4-H sheep club. She is an active member of the American Quarter Horse Association, the American Paint Horse Association and the Early FFA nursery landscape team. She plans to study animal science at Texas A&M University after graduation.