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Hometown Hero: Gina Norris

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Clarice Tinsley's Hometown Hero this week is the co-chair of the auction committee at the State Fair of Texas.

Gina Norris owns seven pairs of cowboy boots. Ranches and farms are in her blood. She grew up on a dairy farm in Illinois and has a deep, abiding love and respect for ranch and farm families. That's why on the side of being a high-powered finance executive and mother of two she has volunteered at the fair for 10 years.

As co-chair of the auction committee, Norris helps raise about $750,000 each year to support the livestock auctions. Those auctions help support college scholarships for Texas teens in FFA, 4-H and teens who go to schools that are in the shadow of Big Tex.

In addition to helping raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, she puts on her boots and work gloves to help visiting Texans unload their tack in front of the fair's barns. A tack is all the supplies needed for the animals and their owners.

Norris said farm and ranch life represent everything in the world that's right about family, hard work and unconditional love.

State Fair of Texas officials said they want families to walk around to the bars, which are the fair's back porch. They said the ranchers would welcome the chance to meet people and talk about their animals.

The fair runs through Oct. 21.

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