With a smile on her face and two bouquets of roses in her hand, Zoë Holden was shining like a star.
And she had every reason to be.
Because on Friday night, Zoë was named the 2020 Fort Bend County Fair Queen.
Zoë, a senior at Stephen F. Austin High School, said she was shocked when emcee Precinct 1 Commissioner Vincent Morales called her name.
“I just didn’t expect this,” she revealed. “I competed with such a great bunch of girls. I’m honored to be queen.”
The queen’s competition is based on a personal interview, an essay, a networking event, community service and participation.
Winners receive scholarships and prizes for their efforts, as well as the opportunity to serve as a community ambassador for the Fort Bend County Fair for the coming year.
Zoë received a $5,000 scholarship for being named fair queen.
“I’m excited to serve the county well,” Zoë said. “I’m going to start promoting the Fort Bend County Fair as much as possible.”
Zoë said she’s most excited to meet new people and make lasting connections this fair season.
Coming in as runner up was Needville High School student Bethany Anne Bromonsky.
The first runner up was awarded a $3,000 scholarship. Bethany Anne said she plans on attending Wharton County Junior College and eventually Stephen F. Austin State University to study forestry.
The Miss Congeniality award was presented to Victoria Bernard.
She received a $1,000 scholarship and plans to attend Texas A&M.
“Our queens are beautiful, educated, hardworking,” Morales said. “But one thing they have in common is their love for the community.”
Other fair queen candidates included Amanda McDowell, Maya Bergen, Hayley Rosilez, Alondra Leyva, Kate Rabich and Jillian Voehl.