2020 Polk County Cattlemen’s Association

Sweetheart Selection Process

The Polk County Cattlemen’s Association Sweetheart represents the beef industry in Polk County and at the sweetheart contest at the convention in June. Young ladies that wish to be considered for the Polk County Cattlemen’s Sweetheart position must:

  • Meet the requirements of eligibility for Sweetheart of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. These include but are not limited to (please refer to the “2020/2021 Sweetheart Application” for additional criteria):
    • Each contestant must be 18 by Sept. 1, 2020 and not over the age of 24 as of December 31, 2019 and must be or will be a high school graduate by June 30, 2020. Contestants will only be allowed to compete up to 2 years in the competition.
    • The contestant must never have been married nor have any children.
    • The contestant must be the daughter of a member (parent or “legal” guardian) in GOOD STANDING OF THE POLK COUNTY CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS.
    • The FCA Sweetheart shall be selected at the annual convention in June. All contestants must be able to attend the convention and should be registered. The responsibility for the contestant’s registration and lodging expenses is handled individually in whatever manner is satisfactory between the local county association and the contestant.
    • The FCA Sweetheart must be able to represent the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, the Florida Beef Council, and the Florida CattleWomen at all approved events and activities.
    • It is highly recommended that each contestant pursue higher education while remaining in a Florida institution. Due to the fact that the FCA Sweetheart is asked to travel rather extensively to fulfill her duties, being out of state would hinder her opportunities.
    • Be able to ride a horse
  • Submit their contact information (Name, birthdate, address, phone, email address and parents’ names as registered with the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association) and a 250 word maximum essay explaining how she will promote the beef industry in Polk County, no later than January 29th, to Bridget Stice at bccarlis@ufl.edu or you may fax it to (863) 534-0001 or mail it to PO Box 9005, Drawer HS03, Bartow, FL 33831 (entry must be received by January 29, not postmarked by).

 

Sweetheart Roles and Responsibilities

The Polk County Cattlemen’s Sweetheart serves as an Ambassador to the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association and the Beef Industry. She represents Polk County at the Florida Cattlemen’s Convention and participates in the FCA Sweetheart Contest. She represents the association and industry at local events throughout her term.

Term begins March 15, 2020 and ends March 14, 2021

The reigning Sweetheart must:

  • Meet all of the Rules of Eligibility for the Florida Cattlemen’s Association Sweetheart Contest
  • Provide a bio with photos (and occasional updates) for the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association website.
  • Represent the association and industry at the Beast Feast (late March).
  • Attend the mandatory sweetheart meeting (April) and participate in the Florida Cattlemen’s Convention Sweetheart Contest (June).
  • Participate in the Polk Cattlemen’s Spring/Summer Dinner meeting (mid to late April).
  • Participate in the Polk Cattlemen’s Annual Dinner meeting (mid November).
  • Represent the association and the industry at the Legislative Appreciation Luncheon (early to mid December even years).
  • Carry the flag on horseback and represent the association and industry at the Polk Cattlemen’s Trade Show & Ranch Rodeo (mid February).
  • Assist with the beef (market and breeding) shows at the Polk County Youth Fair (late January).
  • Assist in promoting the Polk Cattlewomen’s toy drive (November).

 

The reigning sweetheart is expected to meet, at minimum, two of the following:

  • Represent the association and industry at the Bi-annual Ag Tour (even years October)
  • Serve as a volunteer and represent the county association at the State Finals Ranch Rodeo (early October).
  • Represent the association and industry at the Polk County Youth Fair Fundraiser (early January)
  • Serve as a volunteer at Agri Fest (March or April)
  • Serve as a volunteer for Ag Literacy Day (April).
  • Participate in beef demonstrations at local stores.
  • Participate, serve, and/or represent at any other approved local event.
  • Represent the association at the National Day of the American Cowboy by Eli’s Western Wear.
  • Participate in the Florida Cattlewomen’s Booth at the Southern Women’s Show.

 

The sweetheart is responsible for all of her expenses associated with her role. This includes, but is not limited to, the cost of her sash, hotel, convention registration, and meals for the FCA sweetheart contest. In 2019, the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association provided a grant of $1,500 plus $250 sash allowance (amount as determined each year by the PCCA board) to help offset these expenses. The Polk County Cattlewomen, Inc. also typically provides a grant to offset expenses (to be confirmed and determined by the PCCW board).