COLUMBIA — Although they started out in flashy hot pinks, cool indigos and matching white cowboy hats, by the end of the contest, this year’s Missouri High School Rodeo queen contestants wore simple white button-ups and blue jeans.
The contestants, Jessy Maddux, 17, of Richland, and Macy Randolph, 17, of Jefferson City, strutted before four judges, performed speeches they had prepared, answered interview questions and displayed their horsemanship during the 3-hour contest.
There was no shortage of advice or support for the two teens.
Reigning Miss Missouri High School Rodeo Carissa Pike spoke with both of the contestants prior to the interview portion of the event. She suggested the candidates never answer questions with a “yes” or “no,” but instead respond with thoughtful, carefully crafted replies, all while sitting up straight and on the edge of their seats.
Though the would-be queens will have to wait until Saturday evening to find out which one will walk away with this year’s sash, the rest of the week holds plenty to keep their attention.
The first full rodeo performance starts at 6 p.m. Thursday and continues through the awards ceremony on Sunday morning.
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