Royalty opportunity: Middle Park Fair & Rodeo Queen contestants sought
July 30, 2008
All girls ages 15-19 from Middle Park, Grand and Summit counties, will have the chance to become Middle Park Fair & Rodeo Queen next week.It is a great way to get involved in the fair, learn a lot, meet new people, and give back to the ones who have done the work in the past, said Middle Park Fair and Rodeo Queen Caytlyn Dee.The experience you will gain from even trying out will be worth it with what you take away. We need ideal Western young ladies who will promote the sport of rodeo, our fair, and the Western way of life, she added. Also remember, you do not have to be in 4-H to run for queen. Any girl aged 15 by August 4, 2008, is eligible to run.Contestants will be judged on Western horsemanship, speech, personal interviews, appearance and poise throughout the fair, according to the 2008 Middle Park Fair & Rodeo Book.During the show the contestants should be visible, assist with shows and answer questions.On Monday, Aug. 4, the horsemanship judging will follow the 4-H Horse Show. On Wednesday, Aug. 6, is the interview and written test. On Friday, Aug. 8, are the queen contestant speeches. And on the last day of the fair, Sunday, Aug. 10, will be the ride in Grand Entry for Rodeo and the new queen and lady in waiting will be crowned.Fair Queen responsibilities include promoting and advertising the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo by going to various community functions throughout the year, including community banquets and events; rodeos and parades throughout western Colorado.Dee, 18, is the daughter of Sean and Suzan Dee of Granby. She has been in the 4-H program for 11 years. She participated in the horse club, Trail Mountain Mustangs, and also has done poultry, shooting sports, dogs, rabbits and cake decorating. This is her advice to any future candidates in any queen competition: Keep a smile on and be helpful. Also dont worry too much about what the other candidates think of you. Be nice, and be yourself. You can all have fun even though it is still a competition.Her idea of rodeo queen is, Somebody who can advertise the Western tradition of rodeo in a positive way and treats their animals right and works hard and is a role model for younger kids.She said any eligible girl who loves the sport of rodeo should apply. Being a rodeo is queen is more than curling your hair and smiling, Dee wrote in the 2008 Fair book. It is representing and promoting the sport of rodeo, learning how to work as a team, time management, and dedication.Becky Malish is the 2008 Lady in Waiting for the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo. Malish is the daughter of Andy and Shelly Malish of Kremmling.Malish, 16, will be a sophomore at West Grand High School. Her hobbies include 4-H, training horses, barrel racing, showing horses, outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends. She has been a member of 4-H for eight years, and is involved in horses, ceramics and leather craft. For the past two years she has been president of the Best of the West 4-H club. I have learned leadership skills and how to talk to people without being shy, she said in the book. The royalty program has taught me how to speak in front of other people. I have learned that when things get tough and hard to just deal with it and push through. If you push through and stick with it you can make anything happen.If you are interested in trying out for the 2009 Middle Park Fair and Rodeo Lady in Waiting, please contact Caytlyn Dee at 531-7790 or firstname.lastname@example.org. See next weeks Middle Park Fair & Rodeo Guide for a full profile of the Middle Park Fair & Rodeo Queen and Lady in Waiting.