By LIBBY CLUETT
PALO PINTO COUNTY – The Miss Palo Pinto County Livestock Association contests for rodeo queen and princess is held annually to select two young ladies who have the desire and enthusiasm to serve as a goodwill ambassadors for the association.
The primary duties for the queen and princess are to promote Palo Pinto County on horseback throughout the year, locally and in surrounding areas – pretty much everywhere they go.
To be eligible to participate in the PPCLA rodeo queen pageant, applicants must be between the ages of 15 to 21 years. The queen also must be single, never married or become married during her reign; and have no children or become pregnant during her reign.
Rodeo princess applicants must be 12- to 14 years old and meet all the queen requirements.
Contestants must currently reside within Palo Pinto County, or any of the following adjoining counties Parker, Jack, Young, Erath, Hood, Stephens and Eastland.
Each contestant is required to submit a non-refundable $75 entry fee with her application, payable to PPCLA and due on Feb. 24. All entry forms shall be completed, signed and notarized and turned in with the entry fee by this time. A copy of the applicant's birth certificate is required with her application.
Contestants will receive a copy of all rules, regulations, agreements and contracts upon approval by the queen director.
For more information call Queen Director Alicia Redding at (817) 713-4541. The first meeting is Feb. 24, 2 p.m., at the PPCLA Expo Center, on the fair grounds.
The queen and princess will be announced during the Saturday performance of the PPCLA Rodeo.