By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

HOUSTON COUNTY – It’s hard to believe but the 2017 Houston County Fair and Youth Livestock Show is less than a month away.

With the opening of the fair rapidly approaching, the Houston County Fair Association (HCFA) met on Wednesday, March 8 to finalize the details of the event and to begin the process of ramping up for the week long festivities.

One of the first orders of business discussed by the HCFA members was the selection of the queen and princess for 2017.

Cayleigh Moore was selected as this year’s queen and in her remarks before the coronation she said it would be an honor to serve as the queen of the 2017 Houston County Fair.

“I’ve been around the fair since I was born and I have shown in the competition since third grade. I have raised broilers and market hogs and in my years of showing I have had several premium placements and been Grand Champion in both,” she said.

Moore explained one of her future goals is to return to her hometown after college and work with the HCFA in helping to grow the organization.

Nicole Martinez was selected as Princess of the 2017 Houston County Fair in a very close vote.

“I’m 12-years-old and I go to Lovelady Middle School,” she said as she began her remarks. “I’ve been in 4-H for three years. In my first year I did rabbits, cooking, wildlife judging and hay judging.”

Martinez said she didn’t do as well as she would have liked in her first year of competition but added she was able to advance to the competition held at Stephen F. Austin State University in the cooking competition.

“In my second year, I made the freezer sale in rabbits. I also started getting more involved in 4-H and I was elected president of the Lovelady 4-H and I was named Grand Champion in photography,” she said.

“I hope I have the honor of wearing the sash for being Princess of the Houston County Fair,” Martinez said.

Following the selection of the two young ladies, Secretary Beverly Moore read the previous meeting’s minutes and provided an update on the association’s financial standing.

As the meeting continued, Moore said all the division and buckle sponsors had been invoiced.

“Some have already paid and everyone was invoiced on Feb. 20,” she said.

The next item of business discussed was the ordering of caps for this year’s fair. President Scott Moore said there were only 36 caps remaining and after a few minutes of discussion it was decided to order the same style, color and quantity of caps ordered last year.

The buyers’ dinner was also discussed during the Wednesday evening meeting. The menu is will be comprised of: beef brisket, sausage, beans, potato salad, tea, desert, condiments, and paper goods. Bids are being accepted now and may be submitted HCFA Sealed Bid P. O. Box 442 Crockett, TX 75835. All bids must be received by March 21.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.