Texas State Faces: Celesta Harvey

Texas State graduate Celesta Harvey
named Miss Rodeo Texas

From the time Celesta Harvey was a girl, she had a goal: Be Miss Rodeo Texas.

Earlier this summer, she made it, as the 2009 graduate of Texas State was named Miss Rodeo Texas at the pageant in San Antonio.

“It really has been my dream to become Miss Rodeo Texas since I was 13 and over a decade later, the beauty of my dreams finally became my reality,” says Harvey, who earned a degree in mass communication with a minor in business. “I want to inspire people to have a dream and believe in it. Dreams can come true.”

Harvey, a fifth-generation Texan, is a native of San Antonio. For winning the pageant, she earned an $18,000 scholarship, a trophy saddle, a trophy buckle, a fur jacket and additional prizes. During the competition, she also won awards in the speech, personality, appearance, photogenic and horsemanship performance categories.

She is active in a number of community organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Texas Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Texas State Red Cross and the San Antonio River Parade Committee. Her rodeo and western heritage participation includes the American Quarter Horse Association, San Antonio Rodeo internship and the Exceptional Kids Rodeo.

She also competes in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, break-away roping, team penning and cutting.

“I want to reach out to communities to increase the awareness of rodeo and our Western heritage,” she says. “By increasing that recognition, it is ultimately promoting the official sport of Texas and creating a new fan base for rodeo and the Miss Rodeo Texas organization. I want to be a positive role model for strong morals and values representing my fellow Texans.”

This year’s Miss Rodeo Texas competition was the 49th, and it attracted entries from across the state. As the Miss Rodeo Texas, Harvey will compete in the Miss Rodeo America pageant in Las Vegas, as part of the National Finals Rodeo. Miss Rodeo America will be named in December.

Miss Rodeo Texas website
Miss Rodeo America website

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