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2012 Miss Rodeo South Dakota Courtney Peterson coronation event raises $30,000

Alaina Mousel, Editor

Nearly 400 people made time on Saturday, Jan. 7 to attend the 2012 Miss Rodeo South Dakota (MRSD) Coronation festivities in Sisseton, SD. Courtney Peterson, who was officially crowned at the event, was overwhelmed by her community’s support.

“People from the community that have nothing to do with horses or rodeo came to support me,” Peterson said of the turnout. Each incoming state rodeo queen has the responsibility of planning her coronation event, which doubles as a fundraising endeavor for her year-long reign. Saturday night’s festivities included a social hour, silent auction, dinner, coronation, live auction and dance. After speaking with past MRSD queens, Peterson set her fundraising goal at $20,000.

She was unsure if she met her goal that night, since Sisseton isn’t a huge community. But the figure was easily surpassed on auction items alone, with the night’s total just over $30,000.

“Some people gave a lot; but everyone gave a little,” Peterson said.

One outpouring of community generosity was the donation of 10 ropes and a custom saddle. Peterson explained that 14 families and businesses purchased a saddle from Sisseton’s local feed store along with 10 ropes, which people would have to purchase for a chance to win the saddle. “The ropes kept going higher and higher throughout the auction. It made it fun and people were really interested in it,” she said. When it was all said and done, Peterson figured the ropes averaged $600 – starting at $325 and building to $975.

“Everyone who purchased a rope was asked to come to the front of the room,” Peterson said, as a way to acknowledge their generosity. Once everyone was assembled, a number was drawn one at a time until there was only one person left standing; they became the lucky recipient of the saddle.

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Auction items were practical in nature, such as hay hauling services, Peterson said, which boosted fundraising endeavors. Donations came in all forms – some a complete surprise. At the beginning of the night Peterson knew of 120 donations, but by evening’s end, 180 items sold.

“The generosity of the community was overwhelming,” Peterson said. When asked if she had any difficulty soliciting donations, she was quick to respond “no,” noting that people volunteered to help gather donations. “It wasn’t like I had to pull teeth for fundraising.”

Nearly 400 people made time on Saturday, Jan. 7 to attend the 2012 Miss Rodeo South Dakota (MRSD) Coronation festivities in Sisseton, SD. Courtney Peterson, who was officially crowned at the event, was overwhelmed by her community’s support.

“People from the community that have nothing to do with horses or rodeo came to support me,” Peterson said of the turnout. Each incoming state rodeo queen has the responsibility of planning her coronation event, which doubles as a fundraising endeavor for her year-long reign. Saturday night’s festivities included a social hour, silent auction, dinner, coronation, live auction and dance. After speaking with past MRSD queens, Peterson set her fundraising goal at $20,000.

She was unsure if she met her goal that night, since Sisseton isn’t a huge community. But the figure was easily surpassed on auction items alone, with the night’s total just over $30,000.

“Some people gave a lot; but everyone gave a little,” Peterson said.

One outpouring of community generosity was the donation of 10 ropes and a custom saddle. Peterson explained that 14 families and businesses purchased a saddle from Sisseton’s local feed store along with 10 ropes, which people would have to purchase for a chance to win the saddle. “The ropes kept going higher and higher throughout the auction. It made it fun and people were really interested in it,” she said. When it was all said and done, Peterson figured the ropes averaged $600 – starting at $325 and building to $975.

“Everyone who purchased a rope was asked to come to the front of the room,” Peterson said, as a way to acknowledge their generosity. Once everyone was assembled, a number was drawn one at a time until there was only one person left standing; they became the lucky recipient of the saddle.

Auction items were practical in nature, such as hay hauling services, Peterson said, which boosted fundraising endeavors. Donations came in all forms – some a complete surprise. At the beginning of the night Peterson knew of 120 donations, but by evening’s end, 180 items sold.

“The generosity of the community was overwhelming,” Peterson said. When asked if she had any difficulty soliciting donations, she was quick to respond “no,” noting that people volunteered to help gather donations. “It wasn’t like I had to pull teeth for fundraising.”

Nearly 400 people made time on Saturday, Jan. 7 to attend the 2012 Miss Rodeo South Dakota (MRSD) Coronation festivities in Sisseton, SD. Courtney Peterson, who was officially crowned at the event, was overwhelmed by her community’s support.

“People from the community that have nothing to do with horses or rodeo came to support me,” Peterson said of the turnout. Each incoming state rodeo queen has the responsibility of planning her coronation event, which doubles as a fundraising endeavor for her year-long reign. Saturday night’s festivities included a social hour, silent auction, dinner, coronation, live auction and dance. After speaking with past MRSD queens, Peterson set her fundraising goal at $20,000.

She was unsure if she met her goal that night, since Sisseton isn’t a huge community. But the figure was easily surpassed on auction items alone, with the night’s total just over $30,000.

“Some people gave a lot; but everyone gave a little,” Peterson said.

One outpouring of community generosity was the donation of 10 ropes and a custom saddle. Peterson explained that 14 families and businesses purchased a saddle from Sisseton’s local feed store along with 10 ropes, which people would have to purchase for a chance to win the saddle. “The ropes kept going higher and higher throughout the auction. It made it fun and people were really interested in it,” she said. When it was all said and done, Peterson figured the ropes averaged $600 – starting at $325 and building to $975.

“Everyone who purchased a rope was asked to come to the front of the room,” Peterson said, as a way to acknowledge their generosity. Once everyone was assembled, a number was drawn one at a time until there was only one person left standing; they became the lucky recipient of the saddle.

Auction items were practical in nature, such as hay hauling services, Peterson said, which boosted fundraising endeavors. Donations came in all forms – some a complete surprise. At the beginning of the night Peterson knew of 120 donations, but by evening’s end, 180 items sold.

“The generosity of the community was overwhelming,” Peterson said. When asked if she had any difficulty soliciting donations, she was quick to respond “no,” noting that people volunteered to help gather donations. “It wasn’t like I had to pull teeth for fundraising.”

Nearly 400 people made time on Saturday, Jan. 7 to attend the 2012 Miss Rodeo South Dakota (MRSD) Coronation festivities in Sisseton, SD. Courtney Peterson, who was officially crowned at the event, was overwhelmed by her community’s support.

“People from the community that have nothing to do with horses or rodeo came to support me,” Peterson said of the turnout. Each incoming state rodeo queen has the responsibility of planning her coronation event, which doubles as a fundraising endeavor for her year-long reign. Saturday night’s festivities included a social hour, silent auction, dinner, coronation, live auction and dance. After speaking with past MRSD queens, Peterson set her fundraising goal at $20,000.

She was unsure if she met her goal that night, since Sisseton isn’t a huge community. But the figure was easily surpassed on auction items alone, with the night’s total just over $30,000.

“Some people gave a lot; but everyone gave a little,” Peterson said.

One outpouring of community generosity was the donation of 10 ropes and a custom saddle. Peterson explained that 14 families and businesses purchased a saddle from Sisseton’s local feed store along with 10 ropes, which people would have to purchase for a chance to win the saddle. “The ropes kept going higher and higher throughout the auction. It made it fun and people were really interested in it,” she said. When it was all said and done, Peterson figured the ropes averaged $600 – starting at $325 and building to $975.

“Everyone who purchased a rope was asked to come to the front of the room,” Peterson said, as a way to acknowledge their generosity. Once everyone was assembled, a number was drawn one at a time until there was only one person left standing; they became the lucky recipient of the saddle.

Auction items were practical in nature, such as hay hauling services, Peterson said, which boosted fundraising endeavors. Donations came in all forms – some a complete surprise. At the beginning of the night Peterson knew of 120 donations, but by evening’s end, 180 items sold.

“The generosity of the community was overwhelming,” Peterson said. When asked if she had any difficulty soliciting donations, she was quick to respond “no,” noting that people volunteered to help gather donations. “It wasn’t like I had to pull teeth for fundraising.”

Nearly 400 people made time on Saturday, Jan. 7 to attend the 2012 Miss Rodeo South Dakota (MRSD) Coronation festivities in Sisseton, SD. Courtney Peterson, who was officially crowned at the event, was overwhelmed by her community’s support.

“People from the community that have nothing to do with horses or rodeo came to support me,” Peterson said of the turnout. Each incoming state rodeo queen has the responsibility of planning her coronation event, which doubles as a fundraising endeavor for her year-long reign. Saturday night’s festivities included a social hour, silent auction, dinner, coronation, live auction and dance. After speaking with past MRSD queens, Peterson set her fundraising goal at $20,000.

She was unsure if she met her goal that night, since Sisseton isn’t a huge community. But the figure was easily surpassed on auction items alone, with the night’s total just over $30,000.

“Some people gave a lot; but everyone gave a little,” Peterson said.

One outpouring of community generosity was the donation of 10 ropes and a custom saddle. Peterson explained that 14 families and businesses purchased a saddle from Sisseton’s local feed store along with 10 ropes, which people would have to purchase for a chance to win the saddle. “The ropes kept going higher and higher throughout the auction. It made it fun and people were really interested in it,” she said. When it was all said and done, Peterson figured the ropes averaged $600 – starting at $325 and building to $975.

“Everyone who purchased a rope was asked to come to the front of the room,” Peterson said, as a way to acknowledge their generosity. Once everyone was assembled, a number was drawn one at a time until there was only one person left standing; they became the lucky recipient of the saddle.

Auction items were practical in nature, such as hay hauling services, Peterson said, which boosted fundraising endeavors. Donations came in all forms – some a complete surprise. At the beginning of the night Peterson knew of 120 donations, but by evening’s end, 180 items sold.

“The generosity of the community was overwhelming,” Peterson said. When asked if she had any difficulty soliciting donations, she was quick to respond “no,” noting that people volunteered to help gather donations. “It wasn’t like I had to pull teeth for fundraising.”

Nearly 400 people made time on Saturday, Jan. 7 to attend the 2012 Miss Rodeo South Dakota (MRSD) Coronation festivities in Sisseton, SD. Courtney Peterson, who was officially crowned at the event, was overwhelmed by her community’s support.

“People from the community that have nothing to do with horses or rodeo came to support me,” Peterson said of the turnout. Each incoming state rodeo queen has the responsibility of planning her coronation event, which doubles as a fundraising endeavor for her year-long reign. Saturday night’s festivities included a social hour, silent auction, dinner, coronation, live auction and dance. After speaking with past MRSD queens, Peterson set her fundraising goal at $20,000.

She was unsure if she met her goal that night, since Sisseton isn’t a huge community. But the figure was easily surpassed on auction items alone, with the night’s total just over $30,000.

“Some people gave a lot; but everyone gave a little,” Peterson said.

One outpouring of community generosity was the donation of 10 ropes and a custom saddle. Peterson explained that 14 families and businesses purchased a saddle from Sisseton’s local feed store along with 10 ropes, which people would have to purchase for a chance to win the saddle. “The ropes kept going higher and higher throughout the auction. It made it fun and people were really interested in it,” she said. When it was all said and done, Peterson figured the ropes averaged $600 – starting at $325 and building to $975.

“Everyone who purchased a rope was asked to come to the front of the room,” Peterson said, as a way to acknowledge their generosity. Once everyone was assembled, a number was drawn one at a time until there was only one person left standing; they became the lucky recipient of the saddle.

Auction items were practical in nature, such as hay hauling services, Peterson said, which boosted fundraising endeavors. Donations came in all forms – some a complete surprise. At the beginning of the night Peterson knew of 120 donations, but by evening’s end, 180 items sold.

“The generosity of the community was overwhelming,” Peterson said. When asked if she had any difficulty soliciting donations, she was quick to respond “no,” noting that people volunteered to help gather donations. “It wasn’t like I had to pull teeth for fundraising.”

Nearly 400 people made time on Saturday, Jan. 7 to attend the 2012 Miss Rodeo South Dakota (MRSD) Coronation festivities in Sisseton, SD. Courtney Peterson, who was officially crowned at the event, was overwhelmed by her community’s support.

“People from the community that have nothing to do with horses or rodeo came to support me,” Peterson said of the turnout. Each incoming state rodeo queen has the responsibility of planning her coronation event, which doubles as a fundraising endeavor for her year-long reign. Saturday night’s festivities included a social hour, silent auction, dinner, coronation, live auction and dance. After speaking with past MRSD queens, Peterson set her fundraising goal at $20,000.

She was unsure if she met her goal that night, since Sisseton isn’t a huge community. But the figure was easily surpassed on auction items alone, with the night’s total just over $30,000.

“Some people gave a lot; but everyone gave a little,” Peterson said.

One outpouring of community generosity was the donation of 10 ropes and a custom saddle. Peterson explained that 14 families and businesses purchased a saddle from Sisseton’s local feed store along with 10 ropes, which people would have to purchase for a chance to win the saddle. “The ropes kept going higher and higher throughout the auction. It made it fun and people were really interested in it,” she said. When it was all said and done, Peterson figured the ropes averaged $600 – starting at $325 and building to $975.

“Everyone who purchased a rope was asked to come to the front of the room,” Peterson said, as a way to acknowledge their generosity. Once everyone was assembled, a number was drawn one at a time until there was only one person left standing; they became the lucky recipient of the saddle.

Auction items were practical in nature, such as hay hauling services, Peterson said, which boosted fundraising endeavors. Donations came in all forms – some a complete surprise. At the beginning of the night Peterson knew of 120 donations, but by evening’s end, 180 items sold.

“The generosity of the community was overwhelming,” Peterson said. When asked if she had any difficulty soliciting donations, she was quick to respond “no,” noting that people volunteered to help gather donations. “It wasn’t like I had to pull teeth for fundraising.”