Amanda Bacon, Prairie Grove, Ark., was crowned the 2011-12 National Hereford Queen during the American Royal National Hereford Show in Kansas City Oct. 30.
Amanda competed against six other state queens for the title. First runner-up honors went to Alecia Knapp, Waverly, Iowa. Second runner-up honors were given to Devann Gregory, Houstonia, Mo. Miss Congeniality was awarded to Sarah Katelyn Smith, Waxahachie, Texas.
Candidates were evaluated on their Hereford involvement, behavior, attitude, appearance and interaction with producers, as well as their résumés and interviews.
The daughter of Craig and Debbie Bacon, Amanda is a senior at Har-ber High School. She is an active member of 4-H and president of her FFA chapter, in addition to serving several hours of civic and community service in her area.
Amanda has been active in the Arkansas Junior Hereford Association (AJHA) since 1998, and has served as AJHA president and secretary. Amanda says she enjoys traveling to various shows and working with her animals.
Amanda is a seventh generation Hereford breeder, and to say that she is passionate about the Hereford breed is an understatement. “I love my Hereford cattle and want to really help the breed grow and succeed,” Bacon says, “I have found my passion in life, the thing that moves me and that I honestly could not live without.”
Amanda will represent the breed and its breeders at various shows, sales and other events throughout the U.S. “I’m excited to further my involvement with the organization,” Bacon says.
The queen program is administered by the National Hereford Women. Donors and sponsors, some of which have been with the queen program since its inception by the National Organization of Poll-ettes in 1974, allow it to continue and flourish.