Miss Rodeo crowns are retired to Tri-State Museum

2012-11-30T03:30:00Z Miss Rodeo crowns are retired to Tri-State MuseumMilo Dailey Butte County Post Tri State Neighbor
November 30, 2012 3:30 am  • 

"We're bringing it home here," Miss Rodeo South Dakota chairman Ted Thompson of Whitewood said in ceremonies at the Tri-State Museum.

Belle Fourche and its Black Hills Roundup have been home for the Miss Rodeo competition that has carried young South Dakota women into competition to represent the sport and the ranching lifestyle to a national audience.

But over nearly 60 years, the crowns have changed along with the concept of what the state's Miss Rodeo crown should be as it is worn on a western-style hat.

The crowns join the museum's Miss Rodeo South Dakota collection that show more than half a century of women's western fashion and tells the story of young ranch women carrying on a tradition of strong horsemanship and skill at explaining rodeo and ranch life.

"It's a great museum and western heritage at its finest," Thompson said.

Junior Miss Rodeo South Dakota is relatively new. That program began in 1996 with Kelly Thompson Anders.

Belle Fourche's Danielle Ternes was the last to receive a purchased crown to keep before the 2000 traveling crown was designed with the state's heart-shaped Miss Rodeo theme.

Whitewood's Kay Marrs was on hand to explain how her year of service in 2011 convinced her that the Junior Miss Rodeo crown was ageing a bit and needed replacement.

She introduced Jeff Dragseth of CBH Cooperative and Croplan Genetics that have been a major sponsor of the Miss Rodeo program and purchased the new traveling crown.

The crown worn by the state's senior Miss Rodeo that will join the museum's collection was worn from 1972 to 1993.

Cheyenne Vig Winkler of Mud Butte was the last to wear the crown through her 1992 reign.

The current Miss Rodeo crown is en route to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo that runs Dec. 6 through 15 at Las Vegas.

Courtney Peterson will compete in this year's Miss Rodeo America pageant.

The competition includes speaking, ability to handle media interviews, modeling western clothing and one of South Dakota's strong points, horsemanship.

Peterson said the Miss Rodeo crowns have many tales to tell of riding one-time saddle broncs, carrying flags in rain and wind and encouraging young children to see rodeo as one way they can meet their dreams.

She and the 2013 Miss Rodeo South Dakota, Kristina Maddocks are en route to the NFR for the national level competition.

Kristina has the opportunity to watch the national Miss Rodeo competition close hand as she prepares for her year as Miss Rodeo. She will take over the state's hat tiara following the National Finals.

Both young women came through the Junior Miss Rodeo program and wore the junior crown that is now retired to the museum.

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