Advocacy, leadership and poise brings girls together for a greater purpose, which is why three State Rodeo Queens competing as candidates for the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo Queen made a stop at the Duncan Noon Lions Club on Thursday afternoon.
Joeli Walrath, Kylie Myers and Tiffany McCaffrey all strive to be involved in the community around them. Once they are crowned, the girls become the spokesperson for their state.
Where each state has their own pageant, each one competes in a couple of different events and girls from the ages of 18-25 compete for the queen title.
Myers, 23, resides in Moore, Oklahoma where she attends Oklahoma City Community College and studies nursing. Myers actively works as an AUA (Advanced Unlicensed Assistant) in Oklahoma City and soon plans to continue her education.
Myers said she really enjoys getting to be a involved with the State of Oklahoma.
“It allows me to go to schools and nursing homes, and really make sure we can educate,” Myers said. “Not only can we educate on rodeo, but (also) on agriculture.”
As the face of rodeo, Myers said it’s really important for people to understand the state and history which comes from it.
Walrath, 22 resides in from Ashton, Nebraska, a town of less than 200 people. Walrath graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences.
“I had a really good time at coming down into Kansas not too long ago,” Walrath said.
Though the girls don’t get to see each other too often, Walrath said she enjoys when they do get together.
Walrath also said she’s very excited for the rodeo to get started up.
“One thing I want to say about the rodeo queen (position) is the amazing women that it’s brought me in my life,” Walrath said. “It’s just so rare that you get all these girls together, almost exactly the same interests on the same stage, a lot of times competing against one another. But in our travels this year, even though we haven’t got to do a lot of them, we’ve got very, very close friends and so many that each of us turn to … No matter what state we represent, or where we come from, we all are truly sash sisters.”
McCaffrey, 25, resides in Hays, Kansas, where she graduated from Fort Hays State University, earning her Bachelor of Science degree.
McCaffrey said she’s on a leadership track to lead and develop people under her. She said they get to do a lot of work in their own state as well as in their local communities.
“All my life I was in 4-H and FFA, leading into something that was on a much larger scale,” McCaffrey said.
From competing last July at her local Dodge City Roundup, McCaffrey really advocates for that.
“If there’s something that our country is built upon it was agriculture and western way of life,” McCaffrey said. “I really wanted to put that onto who I am and what I represent.”
The annual Chisholm Trail Ram Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Stephens County Arena in Duncan.