Seven finalists vie for the 2010 Miss NPRA Queen title September 3-4
Queens from around Oregon provide spectacular opening to NPRA Rodeo Finals September 1-4
Salem, Ore., August 24, 2009 – In her 2000 book “Rodeo Girl,” former Vogue and Mademoiselle fashion editor Lisa Eisner documented the world of rodeo queens and shared her “fascination with the… individual style, and the ceremonies and rituals of rodeo.”
The 2009 Oregon State Fair promises to dazzle visitors as it draws rodeo queens from every corner of Oregon, as well as queens from Washington, for two days of competition and four evenings of pageantry.
“It’s going to be an amazing event,” said Acting State Fair Director Connie Bradley, who grew up outside of Salem where she was a 4-H member and showed livestock animals at the Marion County Fair and the Oregon State Fairs. “These intelligent cowgirls have worked incredibly hard for their communities, promoting rodeo and our western heritage. We want this to be a night that they, their families and Oregon never forget.”
There are seven finalists competing for the 2010 Miss NPRA Queen title:
* Caylee Cooper (St. Helens, Oregon; attending Mt. Hood Community College)
* JoAnna Fischer (St. Helens, Oregon; attending Portland Community College)
* Michelle Hunter (Ellensburg, Washington; attending Central Washington University)
* Stephanie Larson (The Dalles, Oregon, graduate of Oregon State University)
* Amanda Paul (Corvallis, Oregon; attended OSU and Linn-Benton Community College)
* Nicole Schrock (Corvallis, Oregon; attending Linn Benton Community College)
* Katherine Waynette Rickert (Salem, Oregon; graduate of Montana State University)
On Thursday, September 3 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, the 2010 Miss NPRA Queen contest begins with the finalists demonstrating their horse riding skills in the Pavilion. The day’s competition includes the following categories: Horsemanship (Pattern, Flag Run, Arena Run, Calf/Steer Push), a Horsemanship Interview, and a written Rodeo Knowledge Test.
On Friday, September 4 at 1 PM, the competition continues as the contestants, dressed in formal rodeo attire, show off their poise and speaking skills on the new Bi-Mart Spirit of Oregon stage. The categories of the competition include Modeling and Speech, and each contestant will participate in a mock TV interview.
The 2010 Miss NPRA Queen, whose reign with begin January 1, 2010, will be announced and crowned at the Down in the Dirt party takes place after the final rodeo on September 5. Starting at approximately 9:30 PM, the party also features country music star Aaron Tippin. Tickets for the Down in the Dirt Party are $10.00 (without Fair admission).
To see a multitude of queens on parade, fairgoers can come to the NPRA Rodeo Finals at 6 PM on September 1-4. The queens, all in full regalia and wearing their crowns, will open the rodeos with their Grand Entry. Entry to the rodeo finals is free of charge.
For more information about the 2009 Oregon State Fair, visit www.oregonstatefair.org or call the Fair Information Line toll-free at 1-800-833-0011.
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