The Brown County Fair Association is pleased to announce the current candidates who will be vying to become the 2019 Miss Brown County Fair Association Queen and scholarships — Kimberly Diaz of Bangs, Mackenzie Traweek of Bangs, Britt Piper of Blanket, Nevie Lord of May, Trinitee Skelton of Brownwood, Madellyne Adams of Zephyr, Tana Modawell of Brownwood and Hyler Hatchett of Blanket.
These young ladies have accepted the challenge to be that girl who wakes up with purpose and intent, to believe anything is possible, and work for it.
As representatives of the Fair Association they will be present for many events including radio shows, the Christmas parade, youth fair validations, the 2019 Brown County Youth Fair to be held Jan. 7-12, the runway show held on Jan. 8, the annual membership dinner June 6, the Brown County Rodeo June 6-8, the Queen’s tea, and the Brown County Youth Fair Premium Auction held at 3 p.m. on Jan. 12 where the 2019 Miss Brown County Fair Association Queen will be crowned.
These young ladies will work very hard for the next three months as they sell memberships, as well as create and raise their own projects to show at the youth fair.
The Brown County Fair Association memberships are required for youth to show in the Brown County Youth Fair, and are for sale to the public at large from the contestants only. The membership sale is one of the largest fundraisers for the Brown County Youth Fair, and it helps to maintain the fairgrounds. The following are profiles on each of the Queen contestants:
Madellyne Saige Adams is the daughter of Skip and Shey Adams, and one of four sibilings with older brother Colby, and younger sisters, Ashtyn and Falynn.
Madellyne is a member of the Brookesmith Baptist Church. She is a Junior at Zephyr High School where she is an NHS member, FCA leader, plays varsity basketball, runs track, and is actively involved in FFA. Madellyne is currently the Chairman of the Brown County 4-H Council, and President of the Early 4-H Club.
Madellyne actively shows steers, heifers, lambs, and goats across the state and nationally. She has grown up raising and showing cattle where she is an intricate part of her families operation.
Madellyne and her family have been blessed enough to have won the Brown County steer show the last six years, and has had champion breeding heifer four times and reserve champion market goat. So far her favorite win is having the Grand Champion Market Lamb in 2018 and winning champion senior showman.
Madellyne has exhibited the reserve champion Angus and Red Brangus heifers at the San Antonio and Houston Livestock Shows.
Agriculture is the frame of Madellyne’s life and the mold for her future. She plans on pursuing her passion of Livestock Judging through and possibly after college with studies towards a degree in Agriculture Biotech Medicine. Kids Kows and More, Turkey Boxes, and A Day in the Showring are a few of Madellyne’s favorite programs she has volunteered with to help give back to the wonderful community that has built her into who she is.
She is honored to get the opportunity to represent Brown County in a new way.
She says, “I believe anytime you get the opportunity to be a part of something bigger then yourself- do it. Whenever people say you can’t, just wwork hard enough to prove them all wrong in the end.”
Kimberly Diaz is a sophomore at Bangs High School. She participates in volleyball, cross country, powerlifting, track, and plays the trumpet in the Dragon Band.
Her family has supported and helped her in all the activities that she participates in at school and in the community. Her family includes her mother Griselda, father Chris, and her younger brother Chris Jr.
Her graduating class has about 70 students that work hard in everything they do with teachers that support and are there for the students when they need it. She has been participating in Stock Shows with the 4-H for 4 years with her animals including goats, lambs, rabbit, and a pig.
She has also participates in craft projects, food and canning projects. She plans to participate in stock shows through her senior year. Of all the projects she participates in her favorite is the sewing division which she has participated in for 3 years and still loves and enjoys it very much.
Making dresses or clothes is something she likes to do, and she would like to have a job in that field of work.
She says, “Youth Fair Queen could be a good experience for me by helping me to be more outgoing, and help me with my confidence in speaking in front of others. Not only will it help me speak in front of others, but I will get to meet new people from different county’s and get to know the other girls running as well. I believe that this will be a tough and fun experience that will be worth it in the end.”
Hyler Hatchett who reports, “I am sure you’ve never heard that name before!” is currently a senior and has attended Blanket ISD throughout her school career. She is the daughter of Kara and Kyle Kensing, and Chad Hatchett.
FFA and sports are a big part of her life, along with family and her faith in the Lord. She has plans to attend College Station Dental School in the fall of 2019.
She comes from a ranching family, and she has always been interested in livestock and agriculture. Showing animals has definitely been a part of her life.
She started showing when she was in the third grade and has had a burning passion for it ever since. She has shown goats, sheep and cattle and plans to add pigs this year. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, adventuring, hunting and shopping.
Some of her best memories as a child are when her dad and uncles took her hunting, to work cattle, and adventuring. They made her believe anything is possible and anything can be done with hard work.
She loves to have a positive attitude and outlook on every situation that life throws at her because in the end everything will be okay.
She shares, “I know my life has so much more to see, and I believe that everything that has happened to me, has made me who I am and where I am going.”
Nevie Lord, is the daughter of Eddie and Katy Lord, and she has two younger sisters, Sophie and Chloe Lord.
May, Texas has been her hometown for 16 years, and she would not trade her time there for anything else. She started her schooling at May Elementary and also attended Victory Life Academy until her seventh grade year when she moved back to May ISD. By attending Victory Life Academy she set her foundation in Christ.
After transferring back to May she joined the band and earned the position of the colour guard captain. She became a 4-H member and showed lambs and even won the district photography contest. In FFA she competed on the dairy cattle judging team.
She reports, “I am beyond blessed to be the president of the May 4-H club, reporter of the Brown County 4-H, and the incoming president of the May FFA chapter.”
Stock show season is by far her favorite time of the year. When she started showing lambs she had no idea it would become a huge part of her life. She has met a lot of new people, learned many life lessons, and most of all made lots of memories in and out of the show ring.
Showing has taught her to be determined, hardworking, and dependable, whether it is washing animals or a small task such as cleaning a water bucket. Agriculture has become a huge priority in her everyday life, and she hopes to pursue a career in that industry.
She currently holds a retail sales job at a feed store where she has learned to sell products and communicate with customers.
The reason she is running for the position of Brown County Youth Fair Queen is because she believes it is important to have a candidate who is outgoing, humble, and has a sincere interest in the youth fair. She feels she can meet and exceed the queen committee’s expectation, and also be a good role model for the Brown County youth.
Tana Modawell is a senior at Brownwood High School, and the daughter of Wes Modawell and Catrina Modawell. She has been showing animals at the Brown County Youth Fair since the third grade.
She began by raising market rabbits and over the past 10 years she has also exhibited market lambs and swine. As an active member of the Brownwood FFA Chapter, she has participated on the Senior Skills team in the fall and Horse Judging in the spring. In her spare time she enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with her family.
She is a member of the Shiloh Bible Church in Richland Springs. While attending services over the years, she has learned what she believes is the key to a successful life which is to always keep her faith bigger than her fears.
After graduating from Brownwood High School, she plans to attend Tarleton State University where she will major in Agribusiness in preparation for an agricultural career.
Britt Piper is a Senior at Blanket High School and a dual credit student with Howard Payne University. Britt is the daughter of Allen and Jennifer Piper who are both graduates from Early High School.
Britt has strong Christian values that were established early on in her life. Her key scripture is Philippians 4:13, which says “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
She is currently a member of 4H, FCCLA, and FFA. She will be showing Lambs and Rabbits this year. Britt has loved animals her whole life and has spent most of her life living on an Exotic Game Ranch. Britt has raised British Labrador Retrievers that went on to produce service dogs for Patriot Paws.
Not only did she serve as Vice President of her Student Council, she was also Varsity Head Cheerleader.
Britt performed in many school theatre productions and competed in the TAPP’s State Speech Competitions. When her church and school perform Community Service projects she enjoys participating. She is currently involved with the FCCLA Peer Education Program where she will be educating her Peers on Community Service Projects.
This year she is excited to be competing with FFA in the Veterinary Science Career Development Event. She has maintained a 4.00 GPA throughout High School. This summer she volunteered with Central Texas Veterinary Hospital obtaining shadowing hours to prepare her for her dream of becoming a Veterinarian.
She has applied to Texas A & M University and Tarleton State University, where she will obtain her pre-veterinarian requirements through the Animal Science/Science Option Degree Plan. Britt is excited to participate as a Youth Fair Queen Candidate and to be an ambassador for the Brown County Youth Fair Association.
Trinitee Skelton is the daughter of Kelly and Diana Skelton, sister of Stephen, Brian and Tracer Skelton. Trinitee was born and raised in Brownwood. She is in her junior year at Brownwood High School.
Trinitee is heavily involved in the Brownwood FFA and is currently serving as the chapter secretary. She also is the treasure of the Cross Timbers District. She competes in ag issues, senior ag quiz, poultry judging and prepared public speaking. She was a part of the 2018 state qualifying poultry judging team.
When Trinitee was little she always looked up to the youth fair queen, and she would say “I want to be like her one day.”
Now she wants to take the opportunity to have other girls look up to her the way she looked up to them.
This year Trinitee will be showing pigs, sheep, and rabbits. She also competes in the home economics division in sewing, crafts and cooking. Upon graduation she plans to attend Angelo State University and major in animal science.
Mackenzie Cheyenne Traweek is representing Bangs High School. She is currently a junior, and along with her regular classes, Mackenzie is also taking a dual credit course through Cisco Junior College.
Mackenzie is the 16-year-old daughter of Jason Traweek of Bangs and Jesse and Barbara Bush of Coleman. She is the granddaughter of Dennis and Suzy Traweek of Bangs.
Mackenzie is an active member of the Bangs FFA Chapter. Currently, she serves the chapter as its secretary. Mackenzie is involved in many of the events undertaken by Bangs FFA. The past two years, the Horse Judging Team, which Mackenzie was a member of, made it to the State Competition.
Mackenzie has shown pigs, heifers and steers, and also participated in the homemaking division of the local county show.
Mackenzie is an active member of the American Red Brangus Association and the American Red Angus Association.
In 2017, Mackenzie won the Heart of Texas Grand Champion Red Brangus Heifer Breed. She was awarded a $750 college scholarship. Mackenzie was fortunate enough to win the 2017 San Antonio Grand Champion Red Brangus Heifer Division and was awarded a $10,000 college scholarship. In April, she won a $1,000.00 scholarship from the Fort Worth Livestock Association for her prize-winning essay about her Red Angus scramble heifer.
She was awarded the Reserve Champion Red Angus Heifer at the Heart of Texas Stock Show in Waco which earned her a $500 scholarship. She maintains a small herd of registered Red Brangus and Red Angus heifers.
Mackenzie spends most of her time in the barn with her stock show heifers. She can also be found wanting to do good things to help people. S
he is always willing to help organize drinks/snacks and deliver to local firefighters and precinct workers when battling fires. Mackenzie also devoted time in packaging goody bags to be sent to people in South Texas during last year’s hurricane.
During hay season, she can often be seen helping her dad and pawpaw with any aspect of the hay baling business such as moving equipment from field to field and hauling hay to the barn. Mackenzie loves being outdoors and spending time with her animals.
Presently, Mackenzie is employed part-time at Chili’s. Mackenzie will graduate from Bangs High School in 2020. She plans to attend Texas Tech University or Texas A&M University to obtain a degree in agriculture or the medical field.
For now, Mackenzie is excited about the last two years of high school and is looking forward to representing Bangs ISD in this year’s Miss Brown County Youth Fair Queen Contest.
The Brown County Fair Association looks forward to seeing its youth and families at the upcoming validations:
• Oct. 20: Lamb and Goat at the fair grounds, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Oct. 23: State Heifer at Bob Clark’s pens, 4 to 6 p.m.
• Nov. 10: Swine at the fair grounds, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Dec. 2, 16: Horse validation at the fair grounds, 2 p.m.
Memberships will be available for sale at the validations by our queen contestants.