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2014 Rodeo Queen is crowned

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Tessa Marguerite
06/27/2014 9:03 AM

Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

This year, the Amador County Fair welcomes a new competition: The Miss Amador County Fair Rodeo Queen Contest. Contestants are judged by categories of modeling, personality, a personal interview to judge the knowledge of rodeo, a prepared speech, impromptu questions, a written test concerning knowledge of horses and tack and horsemanship. With the exception of the written test and interview, all judging was open to the public. On Thursday, June 19, four hopeful young ladies competed for the title of Rodeo Queen on the Biagi Family Stage. The contestants were: Haley Anderson, 2013 graduate from Mountain Oaks; Ivana Kusar, senior at Argonaut High; Carisa Swason, 2014 graduate from Amador High; and Jolene Swann, junior at Amador High.

Swann and Anderson were both, “excited and terrified,” and acknowledged that they were making history tonight by participating in the competition. The girls mingled in the crowd, selling raffle tickets to an audience adorned in cowboy hats and boots, all eagerly awaiting the crowning. Before the on-stage presentation, Swason said, “I’ve always wanted to be Rodeo Queen.” By the end of the night, after the judges had made their final decision, Swason’s dream was brought to life as she won the contest, and is now overjoyed to hold the title of Amador County’s Rodeo Queen. Congratulations Carisa, and well done to all the contestants. Look for Carisa Swason, our Rodeo Queen, at the fair on July 24 through 27.

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