Caney Creek junior crowned Montgomery County Fair Queen

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After being crowned queen of the 2022 Montgomery County Fair in a packed arena on Saturday night, on Sunday morning Cali LaCaze and her court were back at the fair, already performing their first royalty duties.

LaCaze, a junior from Caney Creek High School, was crowned queen in Saturday night’s rodeo at the Montgomery County Fair. LaCaze also represented Caney Creek FFA.

Additional honors went to Karley Hutchins, a homeschool student representing the 4-H Champions who was named Miss Congeniality, the second runner-up was Gussie Armatys, a Montgomery High student representing Montgomery High FFA and the first Runner-up was Liliana Martinez, a student at Willis High. representing Willis FFA.

There were 22 contestants in the queen pageant, all juniors in their respective high schools.

The newly crowned queen and her court will serve as fair ambassadors throughout fair week and for next year until the 2023 fair.

The Montgomery County Fairgrounds kicked off Friday and will continue through Sunday at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. The Coronation of the Fair Queen is also available online. Visit mcfa.org and click on the live stream and click on Jeffries Livestock Marketing and Past Shows.

It was also a bittersweet night for Queen Morgan McGee of the 2021 Montgomery County Fairgrounds as her year drew to a close.

She called being named queen of the fair in 2021 a dream come true.

“I’m so excited for these girls, they’ve worked so hard all year and are so deserving,” she told the rodeo audience.

And she had advice for the new queen and her court.

“It goes by so fast, so cherish everything and cherish every moment,” McGee said.

The path to becoming Fair Queen begins in October when applications are submitted for the Fair Queen program. In December, the teens volunteered at local care homes and participated in the Magnolia Christmas Parade. In January, they made their first public appearance at the Montgomery County Fair Association’s Fair Queen Press Party.

In February they took part in Conroe’s Go Texan Parade and on Saturday they started the day with a breakfast with the judges, speeches at 2 p.m. on the fairgrounds and finally the coronation on Saturday evening.

Melissa Reagan was Fair Queen at the Montgomery County Fair in 1998 and now cherishes those memories while being a leader and source of encouragement for young women currently going through the Fair Queen process.

“When you grow up in a fair, the queen of the fair is someone you look up to as an ambassador for the fair,” she said in January in preparation for the fair. “You want to be that welcoming presence at the fair. Like other young women, I had seen someone who was older going through the process.

She said it was a surreal experience when it was her turn to step up for the beautiful queen. “Some of the girls I work with at the fair now, we ran together for the fair queen,” she said of some of the lasting relationships she has gained through the program.

The fair continues with the Junior Non-Livestock Auction on Monday at 7pm, Senior Day on Tuesday at 8am, the Pet Parade on Tuesday at 6pm with a team roping event on Tuesday at 7pm.

The Junior Cattle Auction is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. On Fridays, the Lovestreet BBQ Cook-off starts at 2 p.m. and continues into the night. The Cook-off action continues on April 2 at the fair with the announcement of barbecue prices at 6:30 p.m.

The fair ends on April 3 with El Dia De La Familia Hispania by Michelob Ultra from noon to midnight.

New events this year are Ladies Night on March 31 with Dueling Pianos at 6 p.m. at the Horseshoe Club. Another novelty, the Kidz-Q Cook-off, for 5 to 10 year olds and 11 to 18 year olds. This event takes place on April 2 alongside the Love Street BBQ Cook-off.

To visit https://mcfa.org/general-fair-information/ for a complete visitor’s guide to the fair.

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