In a surprising and sorrowful announcement, the West Texas Fair & Rodeo has discontinued the beloved Miss West Texas Fair & Rodeo Queen Scholarship Contest. This decision has left many in the Abilene community and beyond heartbroken, as the pageant has been a cherished tradition for numerous years.

Having attended the West Texas Fair & Rodeo since 1978, I have witnessed many changes, all aimed at enhancing the event. Broadcasting live from the fair and enjoying the unique flavors and flare of West Texas has been a joy every year.

Shocking News: West Texas Rodeo Queen Pageant Is No More
Photo by: WTFR/Rochelle Johnson/Canva

The West Texas Fair & Rodeo expressed pride in the pageant’s rich history and the young ladies who have represented them with grace and dedication. Rochelle Johnson The General Manager of the Taylor County Expo Center and Fair Grounds said: “After careful thought and much deliberation, we have decided to offer no longer the Miss West Texas Fair & Rodeo Queen Scholarship Contest.” This difficult decision marks the end of an era for an event that has played a significant role in the lives of many young ladies in West Texas.

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Despite this change, the West Texas Fair & Rodeo remains committed to supporting Texas youth. The organization will continue to provide scholarships through other avenues, ensuring that the legacy of aiding young Texans in their educational pursuits will continue.

The Taylor County Expo Center and Fairgrounds extended heartfelt thanks to the titleholders, committee members, pageant judges, sponsors, and contestant families, who have contributed throughout the years. Johnson went on to say that "The Miss West Texas Fair & Rodeo Queen Scholarship Contest produced numerous leaders throughout the years, and helped hundreds further their education."

I am saddened that the pageant is gone however, in the past several years only one or maybe two would step up to compete. The loss of interest over the years took its toll on the event.

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