Bailey Bosworth – 2015 Jr Miss Rodeo South Dakota
A letter from Bailey Bosworth.
The Fourth of July is always one of the most fun times of the year, being Cowboy Christmas and all, but nothing can top my Fourth of July from last year. I was crowned Junior Miss Rodeo South Dakota, after a long week of competing for the title. I made new, lifelong friends that I will truly cherish forever. Since then, I have grown as a person and in my love for rodeo.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience didn’t fully sink in until I handed over my previous title at the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo. That’s when the realization, that I would get to spend this next year representing our great state and the sport that I can’t live without, hit me. From the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo, I headed to Deadwood for the Days of 76 Rodeo. Since then, I have been to the Catfish Stampede Rodeo in Onida, Brown County Fair, Rodeo, and Queen Contest in Aberdeen, 4H State Finals in Pierre, Range Days Rodeo in Rapid City, State Fur Trapper’s Convention in Clark, Wessington Springs Bull Bash, Coors Bull Bash in Mitchell, Wilbur- Ellis Corn Palace Challenge in Mitchell, First Chance Bonanza in Brookings, the NFR Send-Off Party in Belle Fourche, Black Hill’s Stock Show and Rodeo in Rapid City, and the Foothills Rodeo and Queen Contest. At the Black Hill’s Stock Show I continued the tradition of the Queen’s Corral and had a record number of girls attend and even had some from Wyoming! This was an eye-opening experience, as I did not know there were so many titles around South Dakota. This title also let me reach out to the elementary students at my school and I got to read to them a story along with signing autographs. You can learn a lot from a few first graders!
One of the best parts of this year was being able to go to Vegas and watch Kendra Peterson compete at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. I got to attend the National Finals Rodeo for the second performance, which has been one of my dreams since I was very young!
I would like to thank everyone that made it possible for this year to be so memorable. My dad has always made sure my ego never gets too big, but has still become one of the best Rodeo Queen Dads out there. MandiLee, my foster sister, has helped me realize that there is always someone watching you and looking up to you. The Miss Rodeo South Dakota board has supported me through the whole year and I couldn’t ask for anyone better to work with! Mik has been my greatest role model and has shown me exactly the kind of person I want to be. Cindy has put a smile on my face many days and I couldn’t have made it through this year without her. She’s always there when I have a question and provides laughs whenever I need them. Finally, thank you to my mom who has bought me more than enough Pringles, drove me a crazy amount of miles, and even puts up with me when I can’t get my fake eyelashes on right.
To all the contestants: I would like to commend you on running for this title. I know how much time, energy, and money goes into preparing for this contest, but I also know that you will never forget your experience here, whether you win or not. There is so much you can take away from this contest to grow as a person. Don’t hang your head, because just by being here, you have gained a little victory.
To the families: Thank you for supporting your lovely daughters in their dreams. I understand how draining this week can be but the experience is more than worth it in the end.