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The Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo presented by H-E-B is proud to announce that their national anthem singer – Emily Faith Wilson – is a finalist in the Wrangler National Anthem Contest.

“My roots are country and this is such an amazing honor,” commented Emily. “I am so thankful to the Heart O’ Texas staff for always welcoming me and supporting my talent. I just want to do what the Lord wants me to do but it would be very exciting to sing at the Wrangler NFR.” If Emily wins, this will be her first trip to the Las Vegas Wrangler NFR. She has been singing the anthem for the All American ProRodeo Finals for the last six years.

The contest was open to individuals nominated by a rodeo who have performed the anthem at a PRCA-sanctioned rodeo within the last five years. Rodeos from across the country submitted their anthem singers for the contest which was narrowed down by a selection committee appointed by Las Vegas Events to 12 finalists (four finalists from each rodeo size category: small, medium and large).

Finalist videos will be uploaded for fan voting from October 15-31 and the winners (one each from each rodeo size category) will be announced on November 2.

Winners will perform the national anthem prior to the start of one Wrangler NFR performance, receive roundtrip airfare for two to/from Las Vegas, two nights hotel accommodations, a pair of tickets to the rodeo the night they are performing and their name and photo will appear in the official Wrangler NFR souvenir program.

Fan voting will begin on Tuesday, October 15 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time and will end on Wednesday,
October 30 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. Fan voting will take place here - Winners will be notified on Friday,
November 1.

If you have attended an All American ProRodeo Finals presented by Pendleton Whisky performance in the last few years you know Emily deserves this honor. We are asking our community to help us get her to the Wrangler NFR Finals. Please vote.

In 2013, the Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo will celebrate its 61st Anniversary! Over the past 60 years the Fair & Rodeo has offered Central Texas a place to come and support the community while enjoying the sights, sounds and smells that make the Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo what it is! The Fair is held annually at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, TX. The 2013 Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo will be held October 3-12. For more information about the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo, visit

The Extraco Events Center, home of the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo, is the center of entertainment in Central Texas. Its mission is to produce events for education, entertainment and agricultural experiences while giving back through youth scholarships. The premier facilities host over 225 events with an attendance of 420,000 and a $40 million economic impact annually. For more information about the Extraco Events Center, visit

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