The Brown County Fair and Rodeo along with the Queen's Committee recently announced the contestants for Miss Brown County Fair 2020 — Kimberly Diaz, Rylah Morgan, Emma Connelly, and Mackenzie Traweek.
These young ladies have accepted the challenge to participate in this race which consists of membership sales, youth fair participation, a speaking contest, and a runway show. Memberships are required to show at the 2020 youth fair, and this is also the biggest fundraiser to maintain the fairgrounds and run the show. These youth fair ambassadors will be selling memberships by visiting businesses, individuals, attending various events in our community, and assisting at youth fair validation. Memberships may only be sold by these contestants, and we respectfully request no advertisements be made on their behalf except by the fair association.
Please purchase one or more memberships to benefit the Brown County Fair. Memberships are $20 each.The Brown County Fair is a hands on classroom for the youth of Brown County. From agriculture, culinary, sewing, and crafts the fair creates unique opportunities for youth to learn, grow, lead serve, and become our future workforce and leaders.
Kimberly Diaz is the daughter of Chris and Griselda Diaz. She is 16 years old, and a Junior at Bangs High School. She is in band, volleyball and cross country. Her cross country team will be advancing to regionals this year.
Kim is in the National Honor Society through which she volunteers in her community. She hopes to continue to serve her community as a good role model and go to different 4-H events as an ambassador.
Kimberly participates in shooting sports, and she shot her first year of clay shooting this year using a double barreled shotgun which she enjoyed and looks forward to doing it again in the upcoming year. Not only can Kim shoot tiny targets with a gun, but she also does archery and competes using her recurve bow.
Kim shows animals in the youth fair and competes in the home economics division. After school you can find Kim at her family pens and see her working and caring for her animals. Showing animals has taught her that you have to be dependable, manage your time and be able to take care of animals that depend on you everyday even if you are tired.
”I competed for youth fair queen last year and with the experience and new confidence I gained, I can be a good role model for Brown County’s youth and represent my family and school and push myself to become the next Brown County Youth Fair Queen,” Diaz said.
Rylah Morgan is a 16-year-old sophomore at Brownwood High School. Her parents are Derick and Jessica Morgan, and she has one brother, Cooper, who is in the 5th grade. Her grandparents are Riley and Carolyn Banta of Early, and Danny and Donna Morgan of Bluff Dale.
At BHS she is very involved in her FFA chapter competing on the Agricultural Issues Forum Team, Livestock Judging Team, Senior Prepared Public Speaking, and Senior Quiz Team, along with being elected as a Greenhand Officer for the current school year. Last year, she was awarded the Top Greenhand Award for FFA.
She participates in marching band, where she has been a member of the drumline since 8th grade. She is also a member of the BHS Key Club. Academically, she works hard for her grades, and she is in the top 10% of her class. Outside of her school life at BHS, she is a member of Coggin Avenue Baptist Church where she is on the audio/visual team and very active in the youth group.
She has also been enrolled in the Brown County 4-H for 5 years. She has held several different officer positions for the Brownwood Club including treasurer for the County Council for 3 years, and carried out the duties of leadership positions for both the Sheep and Rabbit Clubs.
She started participating in youth fair when she was in the 3 rd grade. Over the years, she has participated in all home economics divisions as well as rabbit and lamb divisions. She has been blessed to make the premium sale for her various projects each year in which she competed. The funds received from prize money and premium sale funds have allowed her to become more and more involved – especially with show animals.
In the very beginning, she only had one market rabbit, and this year she plans to show market and breeding rabbits, market lambs, a breeding ewe, and a market goat.
"I want to run for Miss Brown County Fair Association because because I am thankful for the opportunities the Brown County Fair Association has given me, and I would like to help pay back and honor their investment in not only myself, but also the other youth of Brown County,” Morgan said. “Additionally, I am passionate about the opportunity to mentor and encourage others through the role of Miss Brown County Fair Association. I can remember looking up to previous Youth Fair Queens and Queen Candidates as a little girl. It means so much to me to think that I might get to be that person for younger girls to look up to and have as a role model. I am so thankful for the opportunity to give back to my community by supporting the Brown County Fair Association in these ways."
Emma Kate Connelly
Emma Kate Connelly is the daughter of Jennifer Connelly and the late Clint Connelly of Early, granddaughter of Debbie and Guy Shults of Brownwood, and Chris and Cynthia Connelly of Burkett. Emma has two sisters Guyer Connelly and Shaunna Kay Simpson, along with her brother Austin Simpson. Emma is a junior at Early High School and attends Early Church of Christ. She will be representing Early as she runs for the 2020 Miss BCFA.
While in junior high and high school Emma has participated in volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, track, cross country, softball, National Junior Honor Society, Brown County Youth Fair, high school rodeos, and judging team. She is also a member and leader of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes team at Early High School.
Emma started out showing pigs in first grade at peewee shows and has started showing goats as well. She has shown at all the major shows in Texas and placed in the top ten at Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, and San Angelo.
Emma’s biggest supporter has always been her father and he continues supporting her from heaven. He taught her a love of the outdoors and hunting. She enjoys raising her longhorns, a herd they started together before he passed as well as running barrels and roping in local rodeos.
"I love to help people, especially kids, and I am always willing to lend an extra hand,” Connelly said. “I am not afraid of hard work, I love meeting and talking to new people."
She plans on pursuing her dream of rodeoing as well as following in her father’s footsteps by pursuing a degree in wildlife biology at Tarleton State University.
Mackenzie Cheyenne Traweek is a Brown County Youth Fair Queen contestant who is representing Bangs High School. She is currently a senior, and along with her regular classes, Mackenzie is also taking dual credit courses through Cisco Junior College. Mackenzie is the 17-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 reporter. Mackenzie is involved in many of the events undertaken by Bangs FFA. In the years of 2016 and 2017, the Horse Judging Team, which Mackenzie is a member of, made it to the State Competition.
Mackenzie has shown pigs, rabbits, 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.
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 $10,000.00 college scholarship. In April of 2018, she won a $1,000 scholarship from the Fort Worth Livestock Association for her prize-winning essay about her Red Angus scramble heifer. Last October, 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. She is always willing to help organize drinks/snacks and deliver to local firefighters and precinct workers when battling fires. Mackenzie has 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 Tarleton State University or Sul Ross University to obtain a degree in animal science.
"I am excited about the last year of high school and I am looking forward to representing Bangs ISD in this year’s Miss Brown County Youth Fair Queen Contest,” Traweek said.