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Wife, mother, business woman earns title at Arkansas State FairPublished November 3, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
BEE BRANCH — Kim Lockard Holland has returned to her daily routine of being a wife, mother and businesswoman, but she still has vivid memories of being crowned 2013 Mrs. Arkansas State Fair Queen on Oct. 12 at the state fairgrounds in Little Rock.
“I’m so excited about it,” she said of winning the title. “This competition is a new addition to the Arkansas State Fair; this is only the second year they have had it. It gives some of the older queens who still want to [enter pageants] a chance to compete again.
“I definitely enjoyed the pageant this year,” said Holland, who is 39. She qualified to compete for the state title as winner of the Mrs. Van Buren County Fair Queen pageant held in September in Clinton.
Adding to her enjoyment this year was the fact that her daughters, Taylor and Erin, competed in state fair pageants as well.
Taylor, 14, was a contestant in the Junior Miss Arkansas State Fair Queen category. Like her mother, she qualified for the state competition as winner of her county fair title, Junior Miss Van Buren County Fair Queen.
Erin, 10, was a contestant in the Preteen Miss Arkansas State Fair Queen category. As the winner of the Petite Young Miss Van Buren County Fair Queen title, she qualified for the state pageant as winner of the Petite Young Miss North Central Arkansas District Fair Queen contest held in Melbourne.
In 1990, when she was 16, Holland — then Lockard — won the Miss Arkansas State Fair Rodeo Queen title. “That was such an honor,” she said. “I love horses.”
Other titles would follow, including Miss Rodeo Arkansas 1994. She went on to compete in the 1995 Miss Rodeo America competition in Las Vegas. In 2002, Holland won the Mrs. Arkansas Rodeo Queen title.
“I’ve learned so much from being in pageants,” Holland said. “I learned how to speak well, how to talk to people and not be afraid to get up before a crowd.”
Holland, the daughter of Dwane and Jo Lockard of Shirley, graduated from Shirley High School in 1992 and attended Arkansas State University-Beebe and the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, where she received an associate degree in business. She owns Lockard Auto Sales in Bee Branch. Her husband, Greg Holland, who grew up in Bee Branch, is a lineman for the Petit Jean Electric Cooperative.
When asked about her hobbies, Holland quickly answered: “Anything family oriented.
“We do rodeos and horse shows,” she said. “We like to fish and hunt. We also do beauty pageants and show pigs and 4-H chickens at the fair.”
Taylor and Erin, who both attend school at South Side Bee Branch, are members of 4-H. Taylor also belongs to the South Side FFA.
“We’re also very involved in the community and help out with fundraisers,” Holland said. She is a member of the executive board of the Miss Rodeo Arkansas Committee, is an FFA Show Mom and a participant in the FFA alumni group that helps raise money for FFA members to attend the national convention and to fund scholarships. She is the board president and a committee member of the Miss Van Buren County Rodeo Queen program.
When Holland refers to “family,” that also includes her parents and her siblings — sisters Amy Huie and Synda Lockard and brother Cassidy Lockard.
“My sister Amy is my beautician,” Holland said. Amy’s 6-year-old daughter, London, also participated in the Little Miss Arkansas State Fair Queen contest on the same day that Kim and Erin competed in their age divisions. London is the current Little Miss Van Buren County Fair Queen.
“She did three heads of hair and three makeups on that one day,” Kim said of Amy, who is herself a former Miss Van Buren County Fair Rodeo Queen.
Synda is also a former Miss Van Buren County Fair Rodeo Queen and was Miss Rodeo Arkansas 2010 and Miss National Federation of Professional Bull Riders Queen in 2007. Cassidy is involved in lawnmower races and owns two Duck Dynasty lawnmowers.
“We love it all,” Holland said. “We love everything outdoors.”
The Mrs. Arkansas State Fair Queen Pageant is open to any woman who is 22 or older who has been married for at least one year and lived in Arkansas for at least six months prior to entering the competition.
The pageant was an all-day event for Holland and the other contestants. Registration began at 9:30 a.m. followed by a rehearsal at 10. The contestants were judged on swimsuit (one-piece), 15 percent of the score; interview, 35 percent; and evening gown, 50 percent.
During the interview, each contestant was asked to tell the judges what the state fair meant to her.
“I told them, that for me, the state fair is a family tradition,” said Holland, who won the interview portion of this year’s competition. “I began going as a child with my family, and now I bring my own children.
“You don’t have to spend a lot of money at the state fair. You can just go and watch the pigs or see the horses. It’s whatever you make it.
“It’s all about making memories — memories that turn into family traditions.”
Holland will continue to make memories during her reign as Mrs. Arkansas State Fair Queen 2013.
“There are a lot of parades I can ride in and a lot of benefits that I can attend as a representative of the Arkansas State Fair,” she said.
“I have to attend the Arkansas Fair Managers Association meeting in Hot Springs in January, the Arkansas Livestock Show Association’s annual meeting at the fairgrounds in August, the Arkansas Hospitality Convention in Little Rock in September, the Arkansas State Fair Media Day in October at the fairgrounds and the 2014 State Fair Queen Contest, also in October.
“One of the benefits of the title is that I get to have fun while I still can,” Holland said with a laugh. “My girls keep me really busy. Sometimes it’s hard to fit me in at all.”