KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bethany Nolan, Gilmer, Texas, was crowned the 2010-11 National Hereford Queen during the American Royal National Hereford Show in Kansas City Oct. 31.
“The National Hereford Queen is just such a huge honor,” Nolan says, “and the weight of the role hit me as soon as the crown was put on my head.”
Bethany competed against nine other state queens for the title. First runner-up honors went to Mary Porter, Jesup, Ga., who was also voted Miss Congeniality. Second runner-up honors were given to Laken Lierle, Ft. Cobb, Okla.
Candidates were evaluated on their Hereford involvement, behavior, attitude, appearance and interaction with producers, as well as their résumés and interviews.
The daughter of Scott and Alise Nolan, Bethany is a senior at Gilmer High School. She is an active member of FFA, National Honor Society and student council and active in cheerleading, in addition to serving in various capacities within her community.
Bethany has been active in the Texas Junior Hereford Association (TJHA) since 2001. Her involvement includes serving as the TJHA president, vice president and secretary, in addition to showing Hereford cattle with her family. She is currently serving as the Texas Hereford Horned Queen.
Her family became involved with Herefords in the 1990s. Since then, her parents and siblings have also served in leadership capacities within the Texas Hereford Association.
“Throughout my life, Herefords have been the mainstay in my family’s social and daily lives,” Bethany says. “Our barn has become our second home.”
Bethany will represent the breed and its breeders at various shows, sales and other events
throughout the U.S. “I am looking forward to interacting with the youth and breeders at all the Hereford shows, sales and events,” Bethany says. “It has become my turn to mentor these young members as a thank you for all those years of assistance I received.”
The queen program is administered by the National Hereford Women. Donors and sponsors, some of whom have been with the queen program since its inception by the National Organization of Poll-ettes in 1974, allow it to continue and flourish.