Cover Girls do it all: Harlingen competitors finish in top tier at Livestock Show annual competition

MERCEDES — It was a tough battle that involved a pair of Harlingen FFA members.

But, when all was said and done, Anika Hovda of Weslaco was named the 2017 Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Cover Girl this past weekend.

As a good will ambassador, the 17-year-old WeslacoHigh School student and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hans Hovda will preside over this year’s stock show as well as appearing on the cover of the next show’s guide.

The pageant was held Saturday at the show’s event center in Mercedes, where high school juniors from throughout the Valley gathered to compete for the coveted title.

In Hovda’s case, that title came with a $1,500 scholarship, Stetson hat and tiara as a coronation.

She wasn’t the only winner in the event and the Harlingen area was well represented in the finals.

Harlingen FFA member and 16-year-old Kennedy Boykin was the second runner up. She was awarded $750 for her efforts. Boykin, the daughter of Bo and Karen, has participated in the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show for nine years. Her projects have included market hogs, breeding gilts, market poultry, horticulture and photography.

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