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40th UPRA Rodeo Finals Wins in Talent, Stock, Attendance

Following three nights of exciting rodeo action in Sulphur Springs, the organizers of the 2019 Cinch UFR, or United Finals Rodeo, are wearing smiles due to the excellent stock and talent and great attendance all three nights. In fact, Saturday night’s performance in the Hopkins County Civic Center arena had a packed house. Both the animal and human athletes were “top notch” on all three nights, according to many spectators. The Handicapable Rodeo, another memorable part of the annual rodeo, had record attendance, with over 400 children with disabilities or special needs getting ‘up close and personal’ with cowboys, cowgirls and horses. The naming of Miss UPRA 2020 and Miss Teen UPRA 2020 concluded weeks of preparation for the field of contestants, and the crowning was held in the arena as part of the final night of festivities. The United Professional Rodeo Association began in the same arena 40 years ago, first titled CRA or Central Rodeo Association. The Association’s circuit has now expanded to six states, with this year’s Finals awarding more than $300,000 in cash prizes.

NEW MISS UPRA QUEEN 2020 is 17-year old Shara Dalton of Winnsboro, Texas. She represented the New Boston Ranch Club. Shara also was named Miss Congeniality and Miss Horsemanship during the competition. Shara is looking forward to the travel and the many rodeos she will attend during her year as UPRA Queen.

Outgoing Miss UPRA Colleen Crumpton

Outgoing Miss UPRA for 2019 is Colleen Crumpton from DeKalb, Texas. Colleen, who says her life has “revolved around rodeo’ will now continue entering barrel racing events. She graduates from North Texas Community College in December 2019 and plans to continue studies towards a career in Phlebotomy. Colleen has won 14 rodeo titles since she began competing in 2000.

NEW MISS TEEN UPRA 2020 is 15-year old Jentri Haivala of Kirbyville, Texas. She represented the Bergeron Rodeo Company. Jentri also took Most Photogenic , Horsemanship and People’s Choice awards in UPRA Teen division and as Over All Ticket Sales Winner, she earned a new saddle. Jentri earned her first rodeo title as a youth in Little Britches Rodeo.

Outgoing Miss Teen Reannan Klodowski

Outgoing Miss Teen UPRA for 2019 was Reannan Klodowski of Pilot Point, Texas. The crown was the first rodeo title she has won. Reannan shows livestock and has advanced to State levels in FFA News and Speaking contests. She hopes to become a Veterinarian.

Contestant Haleigh Mitchell

Contestant Haileigh Mitchell took home the title of Miss Congeniality and the Miss UPRA Peoples Choice award in her first run at the Miss UPRA rodeo title. She stated that UPRA seems like a family, from the organizers, contestants and stock contractors, and she has made many new friends. Haileigh represented the Franklin County Sherrif’s Posse and recently moved from Quitman, Texas to Lubbock. She plans to continue entering rodeo royalty contests, and has future plans to enter the U.S. Coast Guard.

Author: Enola Gay

Has enjoyed working for KSST since 1989. Hosts the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on weekday mornings from 6-9am, so 'start your day with Enola Gay'! Guest interviews during the Morning Show can also be seen in playback on Cable Channel 18 TV. Along with local country music fan Benny Potter, co-produces 1230 West, a Country and Western Swing radio show which airs weekly on Saturdays from 7-8am and repeats on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Also writes "At the Corral Gate", a column appearing weekly in The Millennium Shopper and in the Lifestyles section of

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