Queen busy promoting county rodeo
By Steven SekelikEagle Correspondent
Dusty Maurello, 2006 Eagle County Rodeo Fair and Rodeo Queen, and the royalty committee are taking their jobs seriously when it comes to representing the local fair and rodeo.On Nov. 4 and 5, Maurello, Queen’s Attendant Britney Smith and Royalty Committee President Kasey Wood attended a Colorado rodeo queen convention in Pueblo. The queen convention is meant to teach the participants to be good representatives for their local rodeo. The two-day convention was hosted by Miss Rodeo Colorado 2005 Tressie Knowlton. Queens and their royalty from 30 counties across Colorado participated in the event.”It was a blast. We had a lot of fun. It was a real bonding experience,” Maurello said. “We would like to thank the Eagle County Fair Board for funding the trip.”
Maurello, Smith and Wood learned about personality, fashion, commitment to job, confidence, marketing, promotion and modeling techniques, Maurello said. “In Tressie’s speech, she talked about being yourself and to always be there promoting your county,” said Maurello.The job of royalty committee is to promote the fair and rodeo all over the state, and to do the grand entry each night at the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo. Throughout the year, royalty participate in parades, other rodeos and radio and TV interviews to help promote the local fair and rodeo.This year, the royalty committee’s goals include organizing an annual luncheon at the Eagle County Rodeo and Fair that would provide exposure for all Colorado rodeo queens.
Maurello said the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo is far better than the State Fair and Rodeo, but not as well known. Maurello wants to do as much as she can to make everyone aware of how great the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo is, she said.Maurello and the royalty committee will appear at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Feb. 7 – Feb. 22.