Brooks crowned 2021 rodeo queen for Cleveland Livestock Show and Dairy Day

After serving two years as rodeo queen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which canceled last year's Cleveland Livestock Show and Dairy Day, it was time finally for Haley Crowson (left) to hand over the title of Miss Rodeo Queen to Marlee Brooks (right).

Saturday, April 17, was a crowning moment for Cleveland teen Marlee Brooks as she was named the 2021 Cleveland Livestock Show and Dairy Day Miss Rodeo Queen.

Brooks, the daughter of Bryan and Amanda Brooks, is a junior at Cleveland High School. She follows the reign of outgoing rodeo queen Haley Crowson, who was crowned in April 2019 and continued to serve until Saturday’s CLSDD events at Stancil Exposition Center in Cleveland. Crowson’s term was unexpectedly extended last year when rodeo events were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As rodeo queen, Brooks will receive a $2,500 scholarship, saddle, crown, sash, engraved Case knife, Twisted X boots donated by Randy’s Boot and Saddle Repair, earrings from Hardin Harness, gift certificate from Lonestar Cleaners and a cosmetic kit from Angela Lewis.

Brooks was one of five young ladies vying for the title. The court included Maci Collins of Hardin and Allison Havard, Pennie Heflin and Hana Lindsay, all of Tarkington. All of the contestants were awarded a scholarship for taking part in the contest.

Ally Havard, a rodeo queen contestant in the Cleveland Livestock Show and Dairy Day, is seen in silhouette as she holds the U.S. flag before the crowning ceremony for the 2021 rodeo queen on Saturday, April 17.

“These girls have been out working and promoting this organization through the sale of pecans, raffle tickets and sponsorships. We would like to thank each and every person that bought pecans, raffle tickets or stepped up to sponsor this competition. Without the support of these people, this would not be possible,” said Cory Anderson, who acted as emcee of the CLSDD festivities on Saturday.

Each contestant also received a T-shirt donated by Creations by Gray’s/Miss Natalie Gray. Second, third and fourth runner-ups received feed buckets from Cannon’s Farm and Ranch, lead ropes and earrings from Hardin Harness, a gift certificate from Lonestar Cleaners, gift cards to Sonic, Taco Bell, Whataburger and Chick-Fil-A donated by the outgoing queen Haley Crowson, and cosmetics and jewelry donated by Angela Lewis and the Miss PCYRA Queen Kyra Lewis.

The second runner-up for queen was Allison Havard. For this win, she received a $500 scholarship and a pair of spurs and spur straps.

Maci Collins was the first runner-up. She received a $1,500 scholarship, a pair of Twisted X boots donated by Randy’s Boot and Saddle Repair, and a custom saddle pad donated by Hardin Harness.

Other awards presented included Most Photogenic and Horsemanship awards to Allison Havard, Miss Congeniality to Hanna Lindsey, and Best Speech and Written Test to Maci Collins.

CLSDD events continue this week with livestock shows and youth livestock auctions. Here’s the schedule for this coming week:

APRIL 19, 2021

  • 7:30 a.m. – 8 a.m. – Welding Competition Registration 
  • 8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Welding Competition Safety Meeting 
  • 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Welding Competition 
  • 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Stalls open for set up 
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Vendor Move In 
  • 12 p.m. – Deadline for all Breeding Entries to be received (no late entries will be accepted after this date)
  • 12 p.m. – Rabbit Check-in – Market Show to begin as soon as judge is ready 
  • 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Home Economics Check-in 
  • 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Horse Show Check-in 
  • 1:30 p.m. – Horse Show Starts 
  • 2 p.m. – Breeding Rabbit Show to follow immediately after Market 

APRIL 20, 2021

  • 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Vendors Open to the Public 
  • 9 a.m. – Market Swine Start arriving must be in place by 5:00 p.m. 
  • 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Market Goat & Lamb Weigh-in 
  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Judging of Home Economics 
  • 11 a.m. – Market Lamb / Market Goat to follow 
  • 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Market Swine Weigh-in 
  • 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Market Steer & Commercial Heifer Weigh-in 

APRIL 21, 2021

  • 7:30 a.m. – 8 a.m. – Check-in of Market Broilers 
  • 8 a.m. – Market Broiler Judging 
  • 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. – Ag Mechanic Check-In
  • 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. – Vendors Open to the Public 
  • 10 a.m. – Judging of Ag. Mechanics 
  • 10 a.m. – Deadline to remove all non-sale Home Economics Entries 
  • 6 p.m. – Market Swine Show 
  • 10 p.m. – Deadline/release for removal of all non-sale Broilers, Market Swine, Lambs and Goats 

APRIL 22, 2021

  • 7 – 8 a.m. – Breeding Swine Check-in (to pick up Exhibitor Numbers)
  • 10 a.m. – Breeding Swine Show 
  • 3 p.m. Deadline for all Breeding Swine to be removed from grounds 
  • 4 p.m. – Commercial Heifer Show, Market Steer Show to follow 
  • 7 p.m. – Deadline for registering and/or removing Animals from Auction/Sale  

APRIL 23, 2021

  • 7 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. – Livestock Judging Registration 
  • 8 a.m. – Livestock Judging Contest 
  • 3 p.m. – Youth Auction Meeting 
  • 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Buyer’s Appreciation Dinner 
  • 7 p.m. – Youth Auction 

APRIL 24, 2020

  • 6 a.m. – 7 a.m. – Breeding Beef Check-in
  • 8 a.m. – Breeding Beef Show Begins
  • 9:30 a.m. – Freezer Sale Check In
  • 10 a.m. – Freezer Sale 
  • 3 p.m. – All remaining livestock and Vendor Booths must be removed from the grounds. 

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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