Autumn Guerra was crowned Cowboy Homecoming Queen Saturday night at the Young Farmers’ Open Rodeo and Festival. Autumn, a Pleasanton High School senior, is the daughter of Elizabeth and Alejandro Guerra and granddaughter of Irma and Manuel Salazar, Juanita Mendoza, Jesse Guerra and Carolina Martinez. Her siblings are Aaliyah Gonzales and Alejandro Guerra Jr.
“Being elected as your Cowboy Homecoming Queen is an absolute honor. This has been a lifelong goal since I was about yea big to a grasshopper and I cannot thank you all enough for the extreme love and support,” said Autumn.
“This could not have happened without you all and for that I’m grateful. I’ve always strived and worked hard to be a model citizen for all ages. I believe strongly in taking care and showing love to everybody, working hard for the things you want, respect and leaving a positive impact on younger generations.”
Autumn said that some goals she has achieved have included all-A honor roll throughout high school, starting PHS Lady Eagle catcher since freshman year, Class of 2022 Vice President and recently getting recruited to play college softball at Texas College in Tyler. Autumn says that in her role as Cowboy Homecoming Queen she promises to represent her hometown and its diversity with pride and dignity. She said that she wants to keep the positivity of our cowboy homecoming legacy and be kind and accepting to all. She sends a huge thank you to her family and friends who helped her greatly through her campaign. She said you are each loved and appreciated.
Four princesses were also crowned at the Young Farmers’ Rodeo as part of the the Cowboy Homecoming Court — Raylin Castillo, Erin Light, Linda Sanchez and Ally Sherley.
Almost 1,000 Pleasanton residents showed up to vote for the Cowboy Homecoming Queen sponsored by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 13- 14. The Pleasanton Police Department counted the votes.
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce said that their goal is to bring the 55-year Cowboy Homecoming Festival tradition back in 2022 with the help of HOT (Hotel Occupancy Tax) funds. HOT funds were created by the Texas Legislation to promote tourism. The funds are garnered from taxes imposed on guests at local hotels, and distributed by the City of Pleasanton.