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Yamboree Queens Race

June 29 @ 8:30 am - July 10 @ 5:00 pm

During the Spring each year, seven local civic clubs (Beta Sigma Phi, Bluebonnet Literacy, Gilmer Kiwanis, Gilmer Lions, Gilmer Rotary, Iris Garden and the Twentieth Century) ask a young lady who resides in Upshur County and is completing their Junior year of High School, to represent them as their upcoming East Texas Yamboree Queen Candidate.

The Queen’s Race is a rigorous 12 day event where each candidate, her club, family and friends canvas the community on foot, make phone calls, send letters, post on social media and personal websites in an effort to raise money for the East Texas Yamboree festivities such the carnival, queen’s coronation, various adult and youth contests, livestock and ag mechanic shows, music events such as the fiddler’s contest and barn dance, but also for the many youth scholarships granted. At the conclusion of the race the young lady who raised the most money is honorably crowned with the title of East Texas Yamboree Queen. As Queen her duties will begin immediately and will not end when the carnival rolls out of town in October. In addition to her finishing up her Senior year she will continue to represent the community in other events until the day comes the following summer where her reigns comes to an end and a new adventure begins for yet another young lady of Upshur County.

Click here to see the 83rd Yamboree Queen’s Candidates.

This year is the 83rd Queen’s Race that officially begins Monday, June 29th at 8:30 AM and ends Friday, July 10th, 2020. Each candidate can raise monies via donations and/or the purchase of barn dance tickets, pageant vouchers, raffle tickets and commemorative Yamboree items. To learn more about the items mentioned above click here.

The East Texas Yamboree is a non-profit 501.3c organization.


June 29 @ 8:30 am
July 10 @ 5:00 pm
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