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2017 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductees Celebrated in Fort Worth

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The 2017 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame induction luncheon was held November 21 at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex Roundup Inn in Fort Worth, Texas, honoring the past as well as the present, and reminding us that there are still frontiers which are yet to be explored.

2017 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductees Celebrated in Fort Worth

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The only of its kind, dedicated to celebrating and honoring women who have represented resilience, independence, and courage, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame preserves the history and impact that these women have had on the American West and fosters thankfulness for their spirit and ideals. Many are writers and artists, competitive performers, entertainers, ranchers, and champions of their industries. Among them, trailblazers and pioneers, some more than 200 amazing women have been inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame since its inception in 1975.

2017 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductees Celebrated in Fort Worth

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Each year, four to five women are selected from hundreds of very worthy nominees. This year’s inductees included Margaret McGinley Dickens, Reba McEntire, Jacqueline Smith McEntire, Mary Burger, and Ashley Collins. Additionally, the museum presented the Gloria Lupton Tennison Pioneer Award for the first time since 2012 to Ann D. Romney. This award is presented to those who have “pioneered new approaches to public service in the areas of business, law, sports, the arts or humanitarian causes.” Red Steagall and Deborah Ferguson co-hosted the event which hosted over 1,000 attendees. The event also featured a champagne reception together with a showcase market of western clothing, gifts, accessories, and so much more.