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Role of a Rodeo Queen: Miss North Texas Fair Ashlyn Williams

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By Dani Blackburn

Photo courtesy Joe Duty Photography

The role of a rodeo queen is not for the faint of heart. Upon receiving the coveted title, a queen must serve as an ambassador to the sport of rodeo, be a role model for all who look up to her, and exude a passion for the agricultural industry.

Reigning Miss Rodeo North Texas Fair Ashlyn Williams makes it all look easy as the embodiment of a leader who actively works to keep the Western industry alive and thriving. With rodeo royalty in her blood, she has walked a path filled with her family’s Western values that have served her well as the current queen.

From the Beginning

The 22-year-old was born and raised in a rodeo family in Boyd, Texas. She is the daughter of Jim and Kim Welch, with a twin brother, Colton.

“I fell in love with horses very quickly. I spent summers on the back of a horse riding until I was told to get off,” Williams laughed.

Her love for animals and agriculture continued to grow in high school when she joined FFA. Through the FFA, she was able to put her passion to use by competing in events such as radio broadcasting, creed speaking, and horse judging.

To read more, pick up a copy of the February 2024 issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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Lacey’s Pantry: Lemon Lover’s Trifle

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By Lacey Vilhauer

Ingredients:

  • 1 Lemon Lovers Pound Cake cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 2.7 oz box Dream Whip
  • 3 cup very cold whole milk divided
  • 2 3.4 oz boxes instant lemon pudding mix
  • 16 oz frozen whipped topping OR 4 cups fresh sweetened whipped cream
  • 2 Tbsp grated white chocolate
  • Lemon slices and sprigs of fresh mint for garnishing
  • Directions:
  • In a small saucepan over medium-high heat the granulated sugar and lemon juice together. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved then set aside to cool.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer whip together the Dream Whip (the box contains 2 envelopes – use both) and 2 cups of cold whole milk. Whip for 5 minutes or until soft peaks form.
  • To read more, pick up a copy of the July issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.
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Jesses Jewelz

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By Jesse Kader

Summer time is here and though it may be hot, we can still get a Western summer style without lots of layers. These striped shorts are so cute and comfy and actually also have a matching shirt that pair up to make a cute set. You also can wear it with basic blouses as shown here and throw on your favorite turquoise. There are so many options to mix and match. See all of this and more at
www.jessesjewelz.com.

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10 Interesting Facts About the Fourth of July

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Independence Day is celebrated this month as the nation commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The founding fathers declared the 13 colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain but were now free, independent states.

Today, that independence is often celebrated with fireworks, picnics, parades, fairs, and a variety of other public and private events. As the nation prepares to once again honor its heritage, it is fun to review these interesting facts about Fourth of July.

To read more, pick up a copy of the July issue of NTFR magazine. To subscribe by mail, call 940-872-5922.

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