For most National Hereford Queens they have one fun filled week in July and then they go back home until fall. I however, was the lucky Queen who happened to be crowned on a year when there was a World Hereford Conference. But wait, it gets better, the World Hereford Conference wasn't all the way around the world, but just to the north in Canada! Yes, I got to attend the World Hereford Conference in Canada, as queen! It was such a great experience, and I really did get to meet so many new friends from around the world! I was able to experience the abnormal first place red ribbon too! It did take me a while to get use to handing out the red ribbon first and the blue ribbon second, but I finally caught on! It was such an experience to watch a show in another country! While the basis of judging cattle is the same, there are still many differences. I met so many great youth and adult hereford breeders that I will forever hold as dear friends.
I was so excited about the week before me as I made my way into Grand Island, Nebraska and it did not let me down! I had such an amazing time getting to know the Queens from across the nation and spending time with them along ring side passing out awards. There were so many memories made on those long days of passing out awards. I hosted the second annual Queen's Tea which was a great success, in fact there were so many little girls that I didn't have enough goodies for everyone! We had cupcakes and candy and I talked to them about my year as Queen! The time spent with those future Queens was by far the most rewarding of the week. Being around them reminds me that there are so many great future young ladies to lead the hereford breed, and of course be the next National Queen!
Not long after Denver I was headed south for the Fort Worth Stock show in Texas! My family has exhibited at the stock show many times, but being queen was a whole new side of Fort Worth. I was able to attend the women and men's meeting and speak to the groups at both. I got the opportunity to spend show day with all of the Texas royalty, and was able to get to know several new faces in the barn! The hereford members in Texas had open arms to me and helped me in every way they could, and I am very thankful to all of those families who did so!