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2021 Little Mr. & Miss XIT named


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2021 Little Mr. & Miss XIT named

By Bill Kelly

THE DALHART TEXAN

The 85th XIT Rodeo & Reunion had its first official event of the year as the 2021 Little Mr. & Miss XIT Pageant was held on Saturday July 24 at the La Rita Theatre. A total of six boys and 9 girls competed to be named Little Mr. and Miss XIT.

Bryce Hines, president of the XIT Directors, started off the pageant by introducing the directors. Wyatt Banks, the director in charge of the pageant, then welcomed everyone in the audience to the theatre and his wife Harley Banks came on stage to honor the businesses, groups and individuals that made donations to the pageant. Those donors include Dalhart Church of Christ, Dalhart Federal Savings & Loan, Dalhart Fire Department, Dust Bowl Bar & Grill, Elza Pollard, First State Bank, Gebo’s, Happy State Bank, Jarret Bishop, LZ Hay, Ropes, Tractor Supply Company, Treasure Island, X10 Steakhouse, XIT Communications and XIT Ford.

The judges for this year’s pageant were Jeremy Lenz, Diana Metcalf and Selene Schumacher. The 2019 Little Mr. & Miss XIT, Ky Green and Anna Pollard, escorted each contestant to the stage, and 2019 XIT Queen Kaylee Mitchell interviewed each contestant. Some became nervous and weren’t really able to answer any questions, while others showed the full range of their personalities and not only answered questions but danced or sang or showed some other talent.  

After all the contestants had a chance to be interviewed and show off a talent, the judges tallied up the scores to determine the first runner-ups and the winners while all the contestants received a small trophy and a goody bag. Xavier Quiroz was named first runner-up for the boys, and Tegan Sandoval was named first runner up for the girls. Abigail Bramblett, daughter of Shane and Jamie Bramblett, was named Little Miss XIT for 2021. Meyer Wilkes, son of Michael Wilkes and Taeler Shepherd-Wilkes, was named Little Mr. XIT for 2021. Abigail Bramblett had sang and danced during her interview, and Meyer Wilkes had shown his riding abilities on a toy cow. 

Meyer Wilkes and Abigail Bramblett will have a number of duties as Little Mr. and Miss XIT. They will appear together each night at the beginning of the rodeo and also appear together in a special carriage during the XIT parade. They also appear at other events, including the crowning of the nursing home XIT king and queen, and will help out with next year’s Little Mr. and Miss XIT Pageant.

 

 

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