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Miss Rodeo N.D. Pageant to be held Oct. 6-9 in Minot

The 62nd Annual Miss Rodeo North Dakota Pageant will be held Oct. 6-9 in Minot. The annual pageant is held in conjunction with the Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo for the top professional contestants from North Dakota and South Dakota.

Two young women will compete to serve as North Dakota's rodeo ambassador in 2017. Pageant contestants are Miss Rodeo North Dakota Winter Show Cassidy Rasmusson, 19, Lisbon; and Miss Rodeo Mandan Ashley Bateman, 22, New Salem. Rasmusson is a sophomore at North Dakota State University majoring in agricultural education. Bateman is a recent graduate of NDSU with a bachelor's degree in animal science and minors in agribusiness and equine science.

Contestants compete in the areas of personality, appearance and horsemanship. Several pageant activities are open to the public. Contestants will present state speeches, model western clothing, answer impromptu questions and participate in an interview during a brunch scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Grand Hotel. The cost to attend is $15 in advance or $18 at the door.

Horsemanship will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the State Fair Center arena. Admission is free.

Contestants will present extemporaneous speeches, model fur and leather coats and clothing from western merchandisers, plus answer more impromptu questions about current events and the sport of rodeo during a lunch on Saturday, Oct. 8 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Grand Hotel. The cost is $25 in advance or $28 at the door.

Register for activities in advance by contacting Leslie Stevens at lherslip@hotmail.com or by calling 701-578-4953.

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Major prizes include a trophy saddle sponsored Northern Plains Equipment, Mandan; a trophy buckle sponsored by Milt's Building Supply, Elgin; a jacket from Hensen's Fur and Leather, Minot, and autograph sheets and print material by Image Printing, Bismarck.

The winner begins her term of service in January 2017 and will compete in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in December 2017 during the Nationals Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

The new queen will be crowned by Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2016 Megan Haag, Fredonia. She will compete in the Miss Rodeo American Pageant this December in Las Vegas.

Miss Rodeo North Dakota promotes and assists with rodeos and other events throughout North Dakota and serves as an ambassador at numerous rodeos throughout the country.

–Miss Rodeo North Dakota Pageant

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