OGDEN — Eleven young women hailing from all parts of the state are vying for the title of Miss Rodeo Utah 2012-13 during Ogden Pioneer Days.
The winner of the five-day pageant will spend the year making appearances and participating in western-industry events and rodeos.
She also will represent Utah at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant, held each year in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
The contestants are: Quinsee Beach, 22, of West Bountiful; Morgan Bo Blackhurst, 21, of Hoytsville; Stephanie Jimerson, 20, of Cedar City; Raeshelle Larsen, 26, of West Point; Makenzie Maughan, 20, of Hooper; Brandy Mortensen, 22, of Springville; Ashlie Scott, 19, of Aurora; Chenae Shiner, 22, of Roosevelt; Shayla Summarell, 20, of Neola; Talia Elise Wilson, 21, of Lindon, and Bailey Jo Woolsey, 18, of Morgan.
The participants, who will be judged on personal interviews, public speaking, horsemanship and appearance, must be residents of Utah between the ages of 19 and 26 as of next December.
Gov. Gary Herbert is scheduled to crown the new Miss Rodeo Utah on July 24 during the last night of the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo.
The public is invited to watch several portions of the pageant.
Two events are free to the public.
The horsemanship competition, held at the Golden Spike Arena, 1100 N. 1200 West, will be in Ogden at 2 p.m. Thursday.
The public speaking portion, which will be at the Ogden Marriott Hotel, 247 24th St., will be at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Contestants also will be judged at a 1 p.m. Saturday luncheon, during which former Miss Rodeo Utah director Elizabeth Goff will be inducted into the Miss Rodeo Utah Hall of Fame.
The luncheon will be Thursday at the Ogden Marriott Hotel, 247 24th St. Cost is $30.
A silent auction and fashion show starts at 10:30 a.m. July 23 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, 2415 Washington Blvd. Fashion show guests will be treated to a catered lunch. Cost is $35.
To purchase tickets for the Thursday luncheon or Saturday fashion show, call Jackie by Monday at 801-668-2555.
The contestants also will be at each performance of the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo, which starts Thursday and concludes July 24 at Ogden Stadium, 668 17th St.
The current Miss Rodeo Utah is Jamie Udell. The daughter of Jim and Beverly Udell, of Pine Valley, the reigning queen is a student at Dixie State College.
Udell was named first runner-up in the weeklong Miss Rodeo America pageant, which was held in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in December.