Haag to Represent N.D. in Miss Rodeo America Competition
Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2016 Megan Haag will be competing in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas from Nov. 27 to Dec. 4. As the state’s rodeo ambassador, this 21-year-old Fredonia native has represented North Dakota at rodeos in 10 different states this year. She estimates the year has included traveling about 30,000 miles, riding about 60 to 70 different horses, and visiting students in over 50 classrooms. Haag says, “Serving as Miss Rodeo North Dakota has been one of the greatest experiences of my life! I have gained valuable skillsets that I will be able to put forth into my future career plans.”
The Miss Rodeo America Pageant is judged on the basis of personality, horsemanship and appearance. Contestants take a test, participate in interviews, answer impromptu questions, present an extemporaneous speech, ride horses provided by stock contractors, and model a variety of western clothing. Haag aims to become North Dakota’s third Miss Rodeo America. The state’s last national titleholder was Bowman’s Ashley Andrews in 2007. The public can follow the national competition via http://www.missorodeoamerica.org and associated Facebook pages.
Haag has been taking online classes from South Dakota State University, Brookings, majoring in allied health. She also works for Community Options of Bismarck, assisting people with special needs. Megan earned an associate’s degree in 2015 in mass communication from Bismarck State College and is a 2012 graduate of Kulm Public High School. She plans to pursue a career as a marketing consultant for a North Dakota healthcare provider. Haag was active in the North Dakota High School Rodeo Association, competing in barrel racing and pole bending, as well as local horse clubs. Her parents are Keith and Kathy Haag, Fredonia.
For more information about the Miss Rodeo North Dakota program, visit http://www.missrodeond.org.
–Miss Rodeo North Dakota