Tara Glasscock, an Early High School junior, and Madi Mayo, a Brownwood High School senior, are the two candidates for the 2017 Brown County Fair Association Queen.
    The queen will be crowned the night of Jan. 14, at the beginning of the Awards and Premium Sale.
    Alex Hetzel, a 2016 Brownwood High School graduate who currently attends Texas Tech University, is the reigning queen.
    “The Brown County Fair Association’s Queen’s Committee is so proud of our reigning queen, Alex Hetzel, and our two current contestants, Tara Glasscock and Madi Mayo,” Priscilla Monson, Brown County Fair Association board member and Queen’s chair, said via email.
    “These ladies represent everything that the BCFA stands for: honesty, integrity and strong work ethics.”
     Alex has been an “incredible ambassador” for the fair association this past year who has continued to serve and stay interested in the role, even as a college student, Monson said.
     “She will no doubt remain a solid BCFA member and supporter for years to come,” Monson said.
    Madi and Tara have worked incredibly hard during the queen competition, Monson said.
    “It has been a pleasure watching their cooperation and friendship grow, even as competitors,” Monson said. “Regardless of who wins the title in January, we will be well represented and will remain proud to support both of these ladies as they participate in our show.
    “All three ladies represent the best of what our young people today offer, and the committee and the association as a whole proudly offer them our thanks for their dedication and work.” 

Tara Glasscock
Tara is a junior at Early High School where she participates in FFA and is on the land judging team. She is also a creed speaker.
Tara is a National Honor Society member, student council representative and a captain on the Early Belles Dance Team.
 As an 8-year member of the Brown County 4-H, Tara has focused on showing market and breeding lambs county and statewide, where she placed many of her sheep. She  won Supreme Grand Champion Breeding Ewe at the San Antonio Livestock Show.
 Tara has taken an active role in the 4-H Sheep Club by holding several offices including secretary and treasurer. This year she has the opportunity to show goats, pigs, rabbits and lambs, and will participate in home economic projects at the Brown County Youth Fair.
 Through 4-H and FFA, Tara has taken an active role in helping at the rodeo and youth fair in concessions. She has helped run the 4-H Jackpot Sheep Show for several years, participating as a ring man and handing out awards. Tara has had the opportunity to work with many youth in Brown County by teaching sheep showmanship.
Tara is the daughter of Guy and Ann Glasscock. She has grown up on a sheep farm and has a small flock of sheep she raises with her brother, Trey. They sell their sheep to other 4-H and FFA children across the state and the US for market and breeding show lambs.
Tara has enjoyed running for the Brown County youth fair queen. Just like Winnie the Pooh, she has learned three things while running: she is braver than she believes, stronger than she seems, and smarter than she thinks.
 Tara is glad for the opportunity to promote the Brown County Youth Fair so Brown County’s youth will be tomorrow’s leaders and the future of agriculture. Tara would like to thank her family, teachers, friends and the Brown County community for their support and help in making her become the best version of herself.
 
Madi Mayo
    Madison Leigh Mayo is the 18-year-old daughter of Duane Mayo and Maribeth Mayo.  She is a senior at Brownwood High School.  Madi is representing Brownwood FFA, where she has been a member for four years.
    Madi has participated in the Brown County Youth Fair since third grade and has been involved in showing rabbits and pigs, as well as participating in the crafts, sewing and foods divisions.
     Madi has successfully shown her pigs in the Brown County Youth Fair, and has traveled to San Antonio and Houston stock shows.  
    Madi is also a four-year member of the Brownwood Lionette Drill Team.  She has had the opportunity to travel to New York City to dance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and to Florida to dance in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day.
    She is also active in the Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA) program at Brownwood High, where she holds an officer position.
    Madi is employed at Dazzling Diva’s boutique.
     When Madi isn’t  in  school, dancing, or working, she enjoys spending time with friends, shopping and hanging with her dachshund, Barkleigh.
     After graduation, Madi will be a certified pharmacy technician and will attend Navarro College in Waxahachie to pursue a nursing degree, and then plans to continue her nursing specialization in OB/GYN.
    Madi is looking forward to her last year to participate in the BCYF and has enjoyed her time spent running for the BCYF queen.

Alex Hetzel
    Current Miss Brown County Fair Association Alex Hetzel  is a 2016 graduate of Brownwood High School. In high school she was captain of the BHS Lionettes, a member of National Honor Society and participated in the Choices Mentoring Program, 4-H, FFA, HOSA and was a heavy competitor in the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA)
    She stock-showed from third to 12 grades, showing goats, rabbits, pigs, lambs and horses and competing in home economic divisions.
    Alex qualified for the AQHYA World Championship show four times, placing 14th, 14th, ninth and sixth. She was an All American dancer three consecutive years, earning the opportunity to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade twice and the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl Halftime once.
     Alex is a sophomore at Texas Tech University, where she is a pre-medicine student with a major in human development and family sciences. She is continuing her hobby of dancing through Texas Tech’s Vitality Dance Company.
    Alex hopes she has showed the girls involved in the youth fair that no matter how involved you are, or how limited your time may be, you can still run for Youth Fair queen.
    She hopes the past year has proven the queen’s race has truly transformed into what it once was, and should be.     “Being queen has been such an honor,” Alex said. “I grew up watching queen after queen be crowned, and finally being able to stand up there myself was the most amazing feeling.
    “It has opened doors for me, and taught me lessons that I am forever grateful for. It has been a wonderful year, and I am so excited to watch the future queens go through these great experiences.”