Evanston Cowboy Days
The Biggest Little Rodeo in the West
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The annual kick-off for the 2013 Evanston Cowboy Days Rodeo, the spring fling event, is just around the corner. A ton of fun is promised for the evening of May 18 at the Purple Sage Golf Course, with a happy hour beginning at 6 p.m., and dinner to follow at 7 p.m.
At the dinner, the grand marshal for the 2013 rodeo and parade will be announced. Queen contestants will offer speeches, and some great auction items will go to the highest bidder, including some golf trips and a quilt.
The highlight of the night, however, will be when one lucky lady is crowned Miss Evanston Cowboy Days 2013. The competition will be all day long, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Legal Tender, where the girls will model and give a speech on “The Life of a Rodeo Clown.” They will have private interviews, then will meet at the Hoffman arena early in the afternoon for the horsemanship part of the contest.
There are some great prizes for the girls, including a beautiful saddle for the queen donated by M&M Mackey. For more information on the fun and exciting day, call (307) 679-0636 or (307) 708-4021.
There are three young ladies trying out for the title this year:
• Jackie Kennedy is the 15-year-old daughter of Jim and Janile Kennedy, of Evanston. Jackie has been riding since she was 4 years old, and loves rodeo because of the individuality of the sport. Jackie likes going to the nursing home and Beehive Assisted Living to visit with the elderly. She competes in 4-H, FFA and high school rodeo.
Jackie is a freshman honor student at Evanston High School. She also plays basketball, loves hunting, fishing and just being outdoors. Jackie was the Rich County Fair Princess in 2008 and the Woodruff Homecoming Princess in 2010.
Jackie said she would like to be Cowboy Days Queen because past queens have been great role models, are always sweet and a great help at the rodeo. She would like to be able to be that role model for others.
• Abby Hayduk is the 17-year-old daughter of Stewart and Kristine Hayduk, of Evanston. Abby has been riding longer than she can remember. She is competing on Jamie, her 4-year-old that is also her best friend. She has competed in all 4-H and FFA horse classes at the county fair, been on the Pony Express and the Evanston Cowboy Days Lady Flag Posse.
Abby is a junior at Evanston High School, where she is a straight A student. Aside from her horsemanship, Abby likes biology, chemistry, music, books, animals, dancing, hiking, skeet shooting, ranch work, reading, traveling and being with friends and family. She has always been involved in rodeo and wants to be Miss Evanston Cowboy Days to promote both the sport and Evanston’s only PRCA rodeo.
• Shianne Lopez is the 18-year-old daughter of Shelley Lopez, of Lyman. She has three horses and has been riding for 14 years. Shianne has competed in FFA and high school rodeo.
Shianne is graduating from Lyman High School this year with a 3.2 GPA, and has been accepted into the Laramie County Community College equine studies program. She is in Skills USA, where she is the Wyoming state treasurer, and loves photography, basketball and outdoor recreation.
Shianne has been a part of the American Legion parade color guard, and was first attendant to the Fort Bridger Princess in 2003. She would like to be Miss Evanston Cowboy Days so she can represent the sport she loves and has chosen to be a big part of her life.
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