Contestants for the 2014 Miss Brown County Fair Assoc. are in the final stretch, as they continue to work toward being named this year's honoree. The three young ladies have until 10 p.m. Friday to sell memberships to the association, to earn points in the contest.
On Saturday evening, the 2013 Miss BCFA, Kassidy Barker, will convey the title to and crown her successor, with the ceremony beginning at 5 p.m., at the fair barn.
This years contestants are Cheyenne Edwards representing Bangs FFA, Abby Day representing Brownwood FFA, and Jacey Guest representing Early FFA. Their individual bios can be found in Sunday's Brownwood Bulletin and elsewhere on this site.
Each year, area students vie for the opportunity to wear the crown and represent the BCFA by speaking to groups about the fair association and the Youth Fair, being available for media interviews, and participating in the annual rodeo and parade.
The association maintains strict ethical and moral guidelines for the contestants and the reigning "Miss". All contestants are subject to demerits for infractions, including the failure to participate in mandatory events such as assisting the judges and exhibitors during the livestock judging events.
In addition to earning points based on membership sales, the contestants will be judged and awarded points on personality, public speaking, poise and appearance. Points are also accrued through participation in the Youth Fair livestock and/or home economics divisions.
Along with the honor of holding the title of Miss Brown County Fair Assoc. and receiving a crown, trophy, and belt buckle, the winner is awarded a tuition scholarship of $2,000. The two runners-up receive lesser scholarships, dependent upon the number of memberships sold. All contestants receive cash rewards for membership sales. Traditionally, the new Miss BCFA also receives prize packages from area businesses.
The annual contest is open to all young ladies in Brown County, who meet the eligibility requirements and are members of FFA, FCCLA, Home Economics classes, or 4-H. The additional requirements are listed in the Brown County Youth Fair rule book, available at www.browncountyfairandrodeo.com.
Area residents are encouraged to seek out these contestants to purchase memberships. Additionally, contributions to the youth fair funds continue to be accepted.