Starr County Youth Fair Celebrates Its 48th Year

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RIO GRANDE CITY – The livestock show in Mercedes continues this week, but in Rio Grande City, the Starr County Youth Fair just wrapped up.

It’s a county-wide fair intended to showcase the young talent. And it all starts with a Princess Pageant.

The tradition is where judges have the not-so-easy task of deciding on the fair queen, teen princess, pre-teen princess, precious princess, petite princess and their cowboy.

And the fair isn’t complete without a parade, the perfect event to showcase their new princess.

This year the parade was almost an hour long, the longest of all parades. The entire fair was organized and ran by volunteers.

The events all lead up to when all Starr County young residents have a chance to show off their skills with the animals they’ve been raising. And they all love to compete in different projects.

“I got a cake, lamb, plants, poster, logo, theme and the leather crafts… seven!” Kaylon Ramon of Roma said.

In the baking category there are different divisions and the prize money is nice.

Everyone gets a chance to pose for pictures with this year’s queen, Eliza Briana Rodriguez. But the big prize of course goes to the grand and reserve champions of both heifers and steers.

The Starr County Youth Fair is only for three days, but this is their 48th year and getting stronger every time.

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