Upcoming clinic will turn aspiring young rodeo queens into royalty

By Katie Harris

The Surveyor

Boulder County Fair and Rodeo royalty will host a Queen for a Day Clinic at the Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibition Building in Longmont on July 28th from 9am-noon.

The event, which Royalty Coordinator Julia Davis said has grown steadily each year, is geared towards girls ages three to 10 with aspirations of being rodeo royalty themselves someday.

Courtesy photo – A young rodeo queen in training takes a lap on her “horse” at last year’s event.

“We’ve done the clinic for about five years,” said Davis. “Our queen at that time made it one of her goals to start this program for little girls to come in and see what it’s like to be a rodeo queen.”

According to Davis, last year’s event drew in an all-time high of 30 participants from across Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties. With 20 girls signed up so far, this year’s event promises to be an even bigger success.

Among other activities, attendees of the event will have the opportunity to meet the Boulder County Rodeo Queen, help decorate the parade float, and practice giving a speech.

“They get to help decorate the queen’s horse, braiding tails, brushing, applying glitter, and whatever else they want to do,” said Davis. “They get a picture with the queen to take home and they’re invited to be in the parade on August 3rd with the Boulder County royalty group.”

In addition, participants will learn to do a queen’s lap on stick horses, as well as a mini modeling run, and will have the opportunity to get their hair and makeup done.

“One of the most fun parts, I think, is at the end of their time there we invite all the parents to sit down and the girls do a little performance for them to show what they’ve learned,” said Davis.

Participants will also receive Boulder County Rodeo t-shirts. Davis encouraged anyone interested in registering to visit www.bouldercountyfair.org/events/2019/rodeo-queen-for-a-day6, but said walk ins will also be accepted day of. T-shirts for walk in participants may be limited. The cost to participate in the clinic is $15.

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