July 11 and 12
July 14 and 15
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We are excited to present the 2015 Ellis County Fair Rodeo. This year’s rodeo will highlight “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” on July 14 and “Patriotic Night” on July 15. So break out your Pink shirts for Tuesday night and your Red, White & Blue shirts for Wednesday night, dust off your boots, grab your hat and come join us!
stock contractor will again be our friend, the tried and
J-J Rodeo Company from Lakin, KS, owned by Deke Jennings. The Ellis County Fair Rodeo will offer
added prize money of $3,000.
For buckaroos that are still less than 60 pounds, we have mutton bustin. Sheep and personnel will be provided by McClain’s Mutton Busting. This will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday nights right before the rodeo. Sign up early, at 6 p.m., in the SW corner of the rodeo grand stands (first-come basis). For additional information, please contact Justin Bolte email@example.com.
This year the Ellis County Fair Rodeo is proud to include rodeo photography by Lone S Photography from Dodge City.
2015 Ellis County Fair Rodeo Queen
1. The Miss Ellis County Rodeo Pageant will begin Saturday, July 11, 2015, at 8 a.m. at the Ellis County Fairgrounds, Hays. Check in is from 7 to 7:30 a.m. The Rodeo is July 14 and 15, 2015.
2. The Queen contest will be for girls ages 15 through 21. The Princess contest will be for girls ages 10 through 14 and the Little Miss contest is for girls 9 and younger. (Age as of Jan. 1 of the current year.)
3. The winners of the Miss Ellis County Rodeo Pageant will be announced at the first performance of the rodeo at the Ellis County Fair, Tuesday, July 14, 2015.
4. Little Miss Ambassadors:
This is a participation only event. Contestants will not be judged except in the Photogenic contest.
A. Ambassadors are required to attend the horsemanship portion of the competition the day of the Pageant. They may participate in a Queens run if they choose.
B. Ambassadors will participate in modeling of their Western outfits as part of the Pageant activities. They must provide a typed description of the outfit to be read during the modeling portion and will have the option to participate in the impromptu question, a 2-3 minute speech, and interview as part of a group.
C. Ambassadors will provide 2 Photographs: one 5x7 for judging and one wallet size photo of the contestant’s head and shoulders in Western attire. The smaller photographs will be included in the program. This should be a current Western photo.
D. Ambassadors will participate in activities the night of the Rodeo, including riding in the wagon as part of the Grand Entry Celebration, assisting with the 50/50 Raffle and handing out programs.
E. A prize package will be awarded to each Little Miss Ambassador.
F. Entry Forms will need to be completed and mailed by the June 15 deadline to the rodeo Royalty committee. No late entries will be accepted after June 30.
5. Competition categories for Queen and Princess include:
A. Horsemanship: In the Queen’s competition, two reining patterns will be run, the first pattern will be on their own horse, and the second pattern will be on a different contestant’s horse. Queen Contestants will also complete a Queen’s run, and a Flag run. In the Princess competition, only one reining pattern will be executed on their own horse. Princesses will complete a Queen’s run and the flag run will be optional but recommended. All contestants will draw for running order and Contestants will be given the patterns to run the day of the event. All contestants will answer questions on general knowledge of horses. Examples of reining patterns can be found in the Kansa 4-H horse show rule book, Kansas4-h.org/doc6685.ashx pages 36-41.
B. Modeling: Each contestant will model their Western Dress outfit. A short bio and a description of their outfit will be read as they model. Contestant’s bio/outfit description will need to be typed.
C. Talent or Speech: Queen Candidates will perform a speech over a topic related to rodeo. The speech should be at least 3 minutes in length and not to exceed 4 minutes. Princess contestants will have the option to perform either a talent or a speech. The talent or speech should be at least 3 minutes in length and should not exceed 4 minutes. The talent or speech must be related to rodeo and time guidelines will be scored. An impromptu question will follow the speech.
D. Personal Interview: Each contestant will have a personal interview with judges. The Queens interview will not exceed 15 minutes and the Princesses will not exceed 10 minutes. The interview will cover general knowledge about rodeo, horsemanship, etc.
E. Written test on Rodeo Knowledge.
F. Photogenic, contestant’s 5x7 photograph will be scored. It should be a current photograph of the contestant in Western attire.
6. What Queen and Princess contestants will need for this pageant:
A. Entry fee of $50 by priority deadline to the pageant Committee along with your entry forms. This will include lunch for the contestant and one guest. No entries accepted after final deadline and fee is $60.
B. Two Western Outfits: one horsemanship outfit and one western dress outfit for modeling, speech and interview.
C.Horse and Western Tack. This will include a western saddle, breast collar and back cinch.
D. Photographs: one 5x7 for judging and one wallet size photo of the contestant’s head and shoulders in Western attire and short biography (75 words or less) typed. The smaller photographs will be included in the program. This must be a current photo.
7. Responsibilities of Queen and Princess:
A. The 2015 Rodeo Queen and Princess will be crowned on Tuesday, July 14, at 6:45 p.m. They will be present at the Wednesday evening performance (July 15) of the rodeo at the Ellis County Fair. All contestants are expected to assist with the 50/50 raffle on July 14 during the Rodeo.
B. They will work with pageant committee members to secure sponsors for the following year’s pageant and help plan and run the pageant. The Queen will help secure a minimum of $500 and the Princess will help secure a minimum of $250.
C. They will be present at the following year's pageant competition and rodeo to crown her successor with the traveling crown.
D. They should help present awards and assist with events at the Ellis County Fair when asked.
E. The queen and princess are expected to appear at a minimum of 2 Rodeos within the State of Kansas and 2 Events in Ellis County.
F. Collect and bring a scrapbook detailing their year as Queen/Princess to the 2016 competition.
8. Contestants Entry forms must be post marked no later than June 15, 2015. Forms received after June 15 but prior to June 30 will pay an additional $10 charge. Forms should be downloaded from the Ellis County Fair website, www.elliscountyfair.com, and mailed to Stephanie Eckroat, c/o Rodeo Committee, 729 Pfeifer Ave, Victoria, KS 67671.
9. The Judges decisions will be final. The Rodeo Committee members have the right to dismiss contestants on grounds of improper conduct.
10. Prizes for this competition are a $500 scholarship to a Kansas college or post graduate school for the Queen or the choice of a trophy saddle; Queen Runner up will be offered a prize package along with prize packages for the Princess and Princess Runner up contestants. The Queen and Princess will receive a traveling tiara, buckle and sash to wear at all appearances. The tiara will be available for purchase the end of the rein. All contestants will receive complimentary prizes. Little Miss Ambassadors will also receive a prize package.
11. Revisions may be made the day of the contest based on the number of participants at the discretion of the pageant committee.
Pageant Committee members include:
Chantelle Arnold: firstname.lastname@example.org 785-650-1898
Becky Pokorny: email@example.com 785-628-6073 or 785-650-7438
Stephanie Eckroat: firstname.lastname@example.org 785-623-9566
Chelsey Dickey: email@example.com 785-656-2911
Please see below for a complete schedule, rules and entry forms.
2015 Entry Forms, Rules, Schedule, and Additional Information