The Copperas Cove Rabbit Fest Pageant is May 10 and community business support continues to pour in for the local event.

To date, local businesses committed nearly $40,000 in cash and prizes for winners and contestants of the pageant.

The pageant occurred for many years in conjunction with Rabbit Fest and had become a tradition in the community. But more than a decade ago, volunteers who conducted the pageant retired and no one else in the community was willing to take on the responsibility.

Pageant Director Wendy Sledd said the community seems to be excited to have the pageant back as part of the annual festival.

“The outpouring of business support has been beyond anything I expected. Business owners and operators have really gotten behind the event contributing not only financially, but also in-kind services and products,” Sledd said.

Medallion, prizes

All of the contestants will receive a medallion, plus prizes that may include jewelry, designer purses, gym memberships, spa services, cosmetics, restaurant gift certificates and $1,500 in educational savings bonds.

The company, We Deliver, did not hesitate to support the event.

“I am excited to sponsor the Rabbit Fest Pageant because the community has welcomed my business and I feel this is a way to give back to the community,” said Tanya Balderrama, owner. “I like to put our name, We Deliver, in the public eye to show our support to any and all events.”

Anatasia DeWald decided her company, Infant Swimming Resource, would be the largest in-kind sponsor of the pageant for very personal reasons.

“My time, efforts and passion of teaching the ISR Self Rescue skills is because I want to see the children thrive and have the power to survive in the water. Having experienced the terrible loss of my own two children to drowning, I am driven to give these beautiful children the chance of survival and for their parents to see their children live their lives to the fullest,” DeWald said.

The first 60 contestants ages 6 and under to enter the pageant will receive aquatic survival lessons courtesy of ISR. They also will receive dance, cheer and gymnastics lessons courtesy of GymKix.

For some businesses, like SuperCuts, the pageant is an opportunity to introduce their business to customers of all ages and an opportunity to give back.

“One of our goals at SuperCuts was to become more active in our community, so we started looking. When we heard about the pageant, we knew that this would be a great opportunity to show our support and how much we care about our community,” said Aytch Manning, manager.

The deadline to enter prior to the pageant is May 9. Contestants can enter the day of the pageant for a higher entry fee. To download an application, visit Anyone interested in sponsoring or entering the pageant, can contact the chamber at 254-547-7571 or email

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