Monday, 05 March 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
Qualified Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo Sweethearts competed in the contest for Miss Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo. The competition was held on Feb. 15 and the winner was announced the same night. Kendall Taylor was crowned the 2012 Miss Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo. Taylor is a junior at Vanguard Preparatory School and has been a Sweetheart serving as an ambassador for the Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo. Lauren Walker was named first runner-up.
Taylor is the daughter of Craig and Charla Taylor of Valley Mills. She participates in cheerleading, volleyball, FFA and Leo Club at Valley Mills High School. She also volunteers at the Waco Family Abuse Center and Stars of Hope at Fort Hood. She currently attends Vanguard Preparatory where she is a member of the Vanguard Club.
Seven young ladies competed for the title of Miss Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo. Each contestant had at least 100 hours of volunteer service in the community, sold a minimum of $500 in pre-sale Fair and Rodeo tickets, participated in an interview process with five judges and gave a short speech to the judges and audience.
In addition to being named the 2012 Miss Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo, Taylor will receive a $1,000 scholarship and other prizes. She will make appearances in parades, schools, rodeos and be the hostess of the Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo, which is scheduled for Oct. 4-13.
The primary purpose of the Sweetheart Program is to promote, support and represent the Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo. This goal is accomplished by selling discounted Fair and Rodeo tickets and/or sponsorships, serving as public relations ambassadors for the Fair and Rodeo and volunteering 100 hours of community service.
Sweethearts assist the Fair and Rodeo by distributing rodeo programs, presenting awards for numerous events such as the Livestock Show, various contests, Mutton Bustin' and more. Year-round duties include representing the Fair and Rodeo at parades, festivals, events and fundraisers/benefits in the Waco-McLennan County area.
The goal of the Extraco Events Center is to educate through entertainment and agricultural experiences as well as to become the center of entertainment in Central Texas. Held at the Extraco Events Center, the Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo is held annually with more than 203,000 in attendance in 2011.
For more information about the Extraco Events Center, visit www.extracoeventscenter.com.