The time is coming for the 2005 Cherokee PRCA Rodeo. This year brings us to our 39th Rodeo Anniversary. Besides being a time for family entertainment and world class competition, it also presents an opportunity for girls to compete for Miss Rodeo Cherokee.
Kristin Haase, Miss Rodeo Iowa 2005, Callie McCauley, Miss Teen Rodeo 2005, and ReNae Patterson, Miss Rodeo Cherokee, will be a few of the guests at this years Miss Rodeo Cherokee Queen Contest.
The young Miss ReNae Patterson has had the privilege of representing Cherokee over the past year as Miss Rodeo Cherokee. The time is approaching when a new Miss Rodeo Cherokee will be crowned. If you are a young lady between the ages of 17 to 23 and have a few other qualifications, you are eligible for a chance to compete for the prestigious title.
ReNae Patterson is the daughter of Mark and Becky Patterson of Cherokee and was chosen by a panel of judges to be Miss Rodeo Cherokee at the 2004 PRCA Cherokee Rodeo. Patterson is a senior at Washington High School and is planning on attending Iowa State University in the fall. She is leaning towards studying criminal justice. Her favorite things to do are horseback and riding and spending time with her friends.
The reason Patterson ran for Miss Rodeo Queen Cherokee had a lot to do with her and her family being active in horseback riding, 4-H and rodeos. She says she has enjoyed the experience a great deal and was honored to represent the Cherokee PRCA Rodeo. "It is a great experience for any girl that wants to do it," said Patterson.
Patterson says the fun part of holding the title is attending rodeos all over the state to help promote the Cherokee PRCA Rodeo. She has gone to some rodeos where she and other reigning queens participate in what is called a queen run. We would recognize it as the part of the rodeo where the queens all ride their horses into the arena and wave to the crowd. She has also been in parades and sat in booths, much like the one at the recent Home Show in Cherokee, to help promote the annual Cherokee rodeo event. Patterson also says, the best rodeo she attended was the Cherokee PRCA Rodeo, mainly because that is where she was crowned as Miss Rodeo Cherokee.
The process of choosing the one young lady to represent Cherokee involved an application submitted with a photo, and two days of contests during the rodeo. The contests included speech, horsemanship, modeling and an interview. The candidates stayed at the Best Western La Grande Hacienda in Cherokee and had to help at a public event, participate in a run prior to the opening of the rodeo and then participate in the crowning ceremony on Saturday night.
Candidates for Miss Rodeo Cherokee should be prepared to commit to the task for one year. The candidates should also expect to learn organization skills, work with the public using public speaking skills and must enjoy meeting people.
The panel of judges includes three people who judge the candidates on four categories and abilities. One category has to do with how well the candidate knows the rodeo. Another is public speaking ability and the others are horsemanship abilities and the attractiveness of the candidate.
This year's Cherokee PRCA Rodeo will be held from June 2 through June 4. Queen contestants are judged on numerous things, including but not limited to, appearance, horsemanship, personality, and speech. To enter the contest girls must be ages 17-23 before May 1, 2005, a legal resident of Iowa, never married, and no children. Registration deadline is May 1, 2005. For more information on the Queen Competition please contact Bree Knipper at (712) 225-6258.