Rodeo Royalty Contestants Sought

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The Mariposa Friends of the Fair Foundation along with the Rodeo Royalty Committee

Has announced that the 2022 Mariposa County Fair Rodeo Royalty applications and rules

are now available for this year’s contest.

The contest contains three divisions, and is open to young ladies ranging in age from six to

23 that are from Mariposa, Madera, Merced and Tuolumne Counties.

The local Fair Rodeo Royalty represents young ladies who are not only passionate about

the fair and rodeo, but they also embrace Mariposa’s western rural lifestyle as well. Reportedly, the current rodeo royalty was excited that they could get back to making appearances each month at various community events.

The committee is hosting an introduction meeting for contestants on June 5, as well

as clinics focusing on public speaking, poise and horsemanship that will be offered in

June and July.

“It is very important that we do what we can to help the contestants be confident,

approachable, well put together as well as assist them with their riding skills” said

Mariposa Rodeo Royalty Advisor, Carol Suggs. “We want to make sure that our contest

focuses on helping young ladies be the best that they can be in all elements.”

Through the summer, contestants will be selling raffle tickets and honing their skills

for competition that has been broken up in two event days. Horsemanship and

personal interviews will take place on Sunday Aug. 6. The on-stage performance,

dinner, crowning and saying “happy trails” to the exiting royalty will take place on

Saturday, Aug. 13 at 6p.m.

Horsemanship skills for all divisions will start at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6, and is open

to spectators. Personal interviews are closed sessions (private).

The dinner on Aug. 13 is open to the public, tickets are limited and are $20 per

adult (12 years and over), $15 per child (11 years to 6 years), and six years under free. It is at the dinner that the ladies will compete in their final elements which are modeling, poise and

impromptu questions.

The queen contestants will also present a speech based on this year’s fair theme, “Freedom, Family and Tradition.”

The organization is looking for sponsorships as well as encouraging businesses to advertise in the fair program that is produced by the Mariposa Gazette. A portion of the proceeds of

that publication has been historically donated to the Mariposa Friends of the

Fairgrounds Foundation. (If you would like more information on Mariposa FoF please

visit the website listed below)

Applications will be available at the fairgrounds office or online at the following

organizations:,, and

Anyone who would like more information about the contest or would like to provide a

donation to the program directly, contact Jennifer McCulloch for information at

(209) 769-0765 or

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