August 10-17, 2019

Cassia County Fair & Rodeo 2018 Royalty

McKenna Ward - Cassia County Fair and Rodeo 2018 Queen

2018 Queen
McKenna Ward

Hello Cassia County! My name is McKenna Ward, your Cassia County Fair and Rodeo Queen. I am the 18-year-old daughter of Arland and Jennifer Ward. Throughout high school I was an active member of FFA, 4-H, and the National High School Rodeo Association. During the fall, spring and summer you could find me rodeoing with District Six of the Idaho High School Rodeo Association participating in barrels, poles, goat tying and reining cow. I had a great senior year of high school rodeo. I was able to hand down my District Six High School Rodeo Queen title that I held for three years to a deserving young lady. I was also the reined cowhorse champion in our district. I traveled to the state competition in Pocatello, Idaho and competed in a week full of fun and in the reined cowhorse event. Besides rodeo and horses, I love to show livestock. This is something our family has always been able to do together. We have been able to show everywhere from Colorado to Washington and anywhere in between. If we aren't at a rodeo or livestock show, you can find us in the mountains camping and four-wheeling. I enjoy every minute spent with my family and my animals.

For as long as I can remember, I have always been that little girl that looked at the rodeo queens and said, "I wanna be her." I had the opportunity to compete at the Cassia County Fair and Rodeo in 2013 for the Rodeo Princess title. Unfortunately I did not win, but this experience taught me a lot and drove me to become better. I came back the next year, competed, and this time I won. I reigned as your 2015 Cassia County Fair and Rodeo Princess. After this experience, I knew I wanted to come back and compete for the Queen title. After months filled with many hours of studying and practicing, fair finally arrived. I enjoyed the week packed full of events. After coronation at the Saturday night rodeo, I learned that all of my hard work had paid off as I was crowned the Cassia County Fair and Rodeo Queen for 2018. I was so excited that my dream had finally come true! I am so grateful for this experience to represent such an amazing county. Throughout my reign I hope to travel, meet many new people, represent Cassia County Fair and Rodeo to the best of my ability, and enjoy the ride.

I would like to thank the many people who have made this dream a reality. My parents and family have always been there to push me and make sure I am able to be the best I can be. Iva Wyatt, thank you for taking me in under your wing and taking care of me like I was your own. Thank you to Paul Hogge who has always been there to help me and my horses. Thank you to Harry DeHann for all of your advice and helping my horse perform to the best of her abilities. Thank you to my very first horse 4-H leader, Rod King, who taught me not to give up when things get hard. My heart is so full of thanks for every single person who has been able to help me live my dream.

I encourage any girl who loves horses and has a passion for rodeo to compete for this contest. This is THE best fair and rodeo in the state of Idaho. During fair week, our contestants will be able to display their hard work through the speech and modeling portion, the horsemanship contest, and personal interviews with the judges. Even if you have never competed, I encourage you to come and try out for this title. You will learn so many life lessons with this great program.

I look forward to seeing many of you throughout the year of my reign. I also cannot wait to see you at the fair and rodeo in August. I encourage you to come and be a part of the fair. From the rodeo and livestock shows, to the tasty hamburgers and sweet funnel cakes, you will enjoy every second of it. Our fairboard puts together a great fair with events that will entertain the entire family. I can't wait to meet all of you!

Happy trails!!
McKenna Ward