Miss Rodeo Mississippi appears at Ralph Morgan Rodeo tonight
Special to The Star
Aug. 18, 2001
Robin Meeks, the current Miss Rodeo Mississippi, will be in Lauderdale for the Ralph Morgan Rodeo tonight.
Meeks, a 23-year-old intensive care unit nurse from Canton, is Mississippi's candidate for the title of Miss Rodeo America 2001.
Competition in the scholarship pageant is Dec. 2-9 in Las Vegas. Meeks will ride her favorite horse, Lucky, into the Flamingo Hilton showroom.
Meeks cannot depend on luck, or Lucky, but rather on her wits, poise and devotion to horsemanship. On that score alone she could to win points.
What Meeks knows about them already helped her in January, when she won the title of Miss Rodeo Mississippi in Jackson. She'll put that title up against those of 30 other young women representing their states in Las Vegas, all competing in the areas of public speaking, personal interviews, modeling, photogenic, horsemanship and rodeo and equine science knowledge.
The winner will become the national spokesperson for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the sport of professional rodeo.
Ellen Morgan, state delegate to the national pageant and chairman of the non-profit Miss Rodeo Foundation Inc., which directs the Miss Rodeo Mississippi and Miss Dixie National Rodeo pageants, said the national contest is like Miss America in western wear.
The next state pageant will be Jan. 25 and 26 in Jackson. For more information, about the national and state pageants, call Morgan at (601) 824-5102 or visit www.missrodeo.com.
The rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under; they are available at the gate.