The queen of the young, the candidates of the princess run for royalty | News
As the Denton County Youth Fair begins, contestants for the Queen and Princess pageants are gearing up for the final leg of their hard work this month.
The youth fair, which started on Monday and continues on Saturday, features queen contestants aged 14-18 and princess contestants aged 9-13.
Each girl is nominated by her club or chapter 4-H, FFA or Family, Career and Community Leaders of America to be represented at the county level. Their appointment is based on leadership, service and positive representation in their organization.
After their nomination, the candidates begin a month-long race from the beginning of March to sell the most tickets.
During the week of the fair itself, girls are invited to volunteer to help other events run smoothly, from distributing ribbons to managing livestock barriers.
On Saturday evening, the candidates will conclude the show with a judged competition. Each girl is rated in five categories: photogenic quality, impromptu interview, two-minute speech, volunteer time, and rodeo ticket sales.
Money raised through ticket sales will be used to support scholarships for Denton 4-H, FFA and FCCLA members.
The winning Queen and Princess will receive a commemorative belt buckle, sash and tiara.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for these kids to represent agriculture in a positive way and showcase them at a competitive event,” said Sue Real, Queen and Princess Competition Co-Chair.
The youth fair, held at the North Texas Fairgrounds on Carroll Boulevard, also features a cattle show, youth auction, public speaking contest, horticulture and baking contests, a rodeo for young people and a home economics competition for photography, drawing and sewing.
Tickets for the fair cost $ 5, and each ticket holder will automatically be entered into a raffle for $ 200 in cash.
Here are the candidates for the queen and princess contests:
- Maggie DeLaCerda, FFA Queen Candidate of Denton High School
- Aspyn McCord, Pilot Point FFA and 4-H Queen Candidate
- Haleigh Miller, candidate queen Aubrey FFA
- Hailey Crumpton, Queen Ponder FFA candidate
- Kallie Stafford, Queen Candidate of Ryan FFA High School
- Kenna Paul, candidate queen of Guyer FFA high school
- Kylynn Counts, candidate for Queen Krum FFA
- Sierra Keller, candidate queen 4-H Vet Science of North Texas
- Ava Larson, Queen Candidate of the Silver Saddle 4-H Club
- Skyler James, queen candidate of the Argyle 4-H club
- Grace McGraw, Princess Candidate AG Leadership 4-H Club
- Morgan Mathney, Princess Argyle 4-H Club contestant