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Lorena High School student crowned 2020 Miss Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo

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Posted at 4:51 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 17:51:43-05

WACO, TX — A Lorena High School student was crowned 2020 Miss Heart O' Texas Fair and Rodeo!

On Feb. 19, Rylee Ritchie was crowned the new Miss Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo. Allyson Pechacek was named first runner-up.

This will be Ritchie's third year serving as a Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo Sweetheart.

In order to compete for Miss Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo, each contestant must have at least 100 hours of volunteer service in the community and a minimum of $500 sold in pre-sale Fair & Rodeo tickets as well as participate in an interview process with three judges and give a short speech to the judges and audience.

Ritchie is currently a junior at Lorena High School where she is a cheerleader and currently Cheer Captain, FCCLA Vice President, and a member of the track team, National Honor Society and Student Council. Outside of school, she is involved in Crossroads Church Youth Group, Teen Leadership Waco, Mayborn Museum Teen Team, and volunteers her time at both Meals on Wheels and CareNet Pregnancy Center.

Ritchie will also receive a $1,000 scholarship along with other prizes. She will make appearances in parades, schools, rodeos and be the hostess of the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo scheduled for October 8-18.

The primary purpose of the Sweetheart Program is to promote, support and represent the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo year-round in the community, according to Charva Ingram, Vice President of Marketing & Sponsorship Development for Extraco Events Center.

The Extraco Events Center, home of the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo, is the center of entertainment in Central Texas. Its mission is to produce events for education, entertainment and agricultural experiences while giving back through youth scholarships.

The 2020 Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo will be held October 8–18. For more information visit here.