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AMARILLO – Kenna Darrow, a 2021 graduate of Wellington High School, is among three Panhandle students who have been selected as recipients of the Tri-State Fair and Rodeo 2021 scholarships.
Darrow, along with Landree Heidenreich, of Hartley, and Lilly Thurman, of Canyon, received recognition at the Tri-State Fair and Rodeo Boots and Business event on Sept. 11 in the Commercial Exhibits Hall.
The Amarillo Tri-State Fair and Rodeo awarded its first scholarship of $500 in 2004. Since that singe-student award, the program has expanded to offer three local students $8,000 each.
To date, the Fair has awarded over $236,000 in scholarships to area students. The 2021 Tri-State Fair and Rodeo will be held Sept. 17-25, at the Tri-State Exposition grounds in Amarillo. Darrow will fulfill a role to help promote the event.
The Tri-State Fair and Rodeo is the largest annual event in the Texas Panhandle, with an average of more than 120,000 people attending. In recent years, Fair visitors have represented 36 states, several foreign countries and all 26 Panhandle counties.
An event of this scale would not be possible without local volunteers, who put in more than 12,000 hours during the nine days of the Fair. The Tri-State Fair and Rodeo is estimated to create a $5 million economic impact for the city of Amarillo during the event.
A 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, Amarillo Tri-State Exposition generates funds through events at the Exposition complex to support local students in the Panhandle. Each year, more than 500 volunteers, donors and sponsors contribute to the Exposition’s mission of serving youth and showcasing our proud cultural heritage. In turn, the Exposition awards more than $500,000 in premiums, scholarships and other forms of giving to the a