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Future rodeo queen, court to show skills at dinner pageant
Fashion show, speech, horsemanship June 10-11 at Rodeo Grounds

The reigning 2017 Prescott Frontier Days Royalty consist of Queen Giana DeMaria, right, Junior Court Emma Siegfried, center, and Senior Court Desiree Johnson.
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The reigning 2017 Prescott Frontier Days Royalty consist of Queen Giana DeMaria, right, Junior Court Emma Siegfried, center, and Senior Court Desiree Johnson.

The title of Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Queen brings with it honor, prestige, responsibilities, and some valuable “trophies.” The young woman will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the school of her choice, a saddle and a special PFD buckle.

Eight contestants are vying for the 2018 Rodeo Queen and Court titles. On June 10 and 11, they will participate in a pageant and test their horsemanship skills that are open to the public.

The young women will serve dinner, catered by Olive Garden, beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, June 10, in the Mackin Building at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds.

Boot Barn is sponsoring the “fashion forward modeling” segment, and contestants also take part in the speech, impromptu question, mock media interview, and formal gown portions of the evening.

At noon on Sunday, June 11, the horsemanship judging takes place in the Rodeo Grounds arena.

At all times, contestants are held to high standards of conduct and behavior. They are judged on their demeanor, cooperation, enthusiasm and punctuality. They cannot be married or pregnant. If selected, the Queen and members of her Court will spend a year in their roles, attending rodeos, parades, grand openings, charity events and visits to nursing homes.

Tickets are available through the Rodeo Office (928-445-3130) or contestants for $17 per adult (two for $30), $12 for children 12 and younger. A silent auction and 50/50 raffle also are planned.

The formal coronation takes place at noon, July 4, in the arena. Prescott Frontier Days, the "World's Oldest Rodeo," runs from June 28-July 4.

Follow Sue Tone on Twitter @ToneNotes. Reach her at stone@prescottaz.com or 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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