National Junior High Finals Rodeo took place in Lebanon, Tennessee, where the nations top 6th, 7th, and 8th grade rodeo athletes battled it out for various championship titles.
The PRCA Ram Turquoise Circuit Rodeo Finals, featuring Arizona and New Mexico’s top rodeo participants, is coming to the Prescott Valley Event Center (PVEC) this Thursday through Saturday, 10/5-10/7. Included in the Turquoise Circuit Finals will be multiple former world champions including Sherry Cervi, Aaron Tsinigine, and Taos Muncy. In this exciting win or go home 3-day competition, cowboys and cowgirls have a chance to move on to the national circuit finals, and the prize money (over $150,000) won in Prescott Valley counts towards qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals in Las Vegas
There will be live music by Dirt Road Dixie both nights after the competitions. Food vendors and beverages will be available for purchase on the grounds, according to the Central Wisconsin State Fair website.
“We are excited about something new and on a weekend where typically there is not a lot of events going on,” said Matt McLean, director of the Marshfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.
McLean said former Central Wisconsin State Fair director Adam Fischer had a relationship with the CBRA, and the association had wanted to move the event from Iowa. Marshfield was one of the bids selected to host the national finals events
It was McBride’s mom Julie Bishop, a former rodeo queen herself, who encouraged McBride to consider the world of rodeo queening.
“When I finally decided to try it, it was love at first sight,” McBride said. “I began going for every contest I could find.
After high school, McBride moved to Logandale to live with her dad, Jim Blasingame. She became fully immersed in the rodeo queen world, competing in contests all over the state.
Even so, to McBride, the title of Miss Rodeo Nevada seemed a distant dream. “I never thought I’d have the personality for the public speaking and interview portion of the contests,” she said.
In order to gain those skills, McBride entered every local contest she could to gain skills she would need. Of course, these had to be sandwiched between her work at UNLV, where she is studying business management.
This year the time was right and she competed as part of the 60th anniversary of the Miss Rodeo Nevada celebration. McBride said the event was everything she dreamed it would be.
McBride’s whole family was there when she won. “It was so surreal having the crown placed on my hat,” she said. “It was the achievement of a huge goal and every time I’ve worn it since, I get that feeling again.”