2002 Miss Days of
the Old West gets ready
candidates for the 2002 Miss Days of the Old West royalty have been
announced by the Sawtooth Rangers Riding Club—and once again, they
comprise a talented group.
candidates are getting ready to dress their best and impress the judges
with their riding ability. The annual contest is held during the Days of
the Old West rodeo in Hailey.
added touch during this year’s 55th annual Hailey rodeo, the
great-granddaughter of the man who coined the named "Days of the
Old West," will compete in 2002.
River Middle School student Felicity McGraw, 11, will compete in a rodeo
princess contest for the first time.
the great-granddaughter of the late Tiny McGraw, a legendary local
blacksmith who came up with the name Days of the Old West in a contest
over a half century ago.
royalty candidates will compete Wednesday, July 3 in horsemanship at 9
a.m. at Hailey Rodeo Arena. The tea (speeches and interviews) starts at
3 p.m. next Wednesday at Hailey Grange Hall.
will ride in Hailey’s Mile Long Parade Thursday, July 4 and serve food
at the Button Barbecue after the parade. Then they will compete in the
three rodeos—Thursday through Saturday, July 4-6.
royalty will be revealed at the July 6 performance.
coordinator for the ninth consecutive year is Michelle Bobbitt of
Queen—The one candidate is Bekki Fayle, daughter of Curtis and
Shannon Fayle of Salmon. She is majoring in Equine Science and
Communications at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls.
Queen—There are six candidates in a hotly-contested class.
Tricia Crump, 14, of Pocatello; Cassi Ann Rushton, 14, of Bellevue;
Caitlin McGuire, 16, of Jerome; Stephanie Jorgensen, 16, of Blackfoot;
Jaclyn Bruhn, 17, of Filer; and Melinda Markin, 16, of Hailey.
Queen—There are three candidates. They are:
Perkins, 13, of Hailey; Felicity McGraw, 11, of Hailey; and Kassie
Willie, 13, of Pocatello.
reigning Hailey queen is Allyson "Ali" Swan, 19, daughter of
the late George Swan and Becky Swan, of Twin Falls. She is also the
reigning Miss Teen Rodeo Idaho 2002—the third straight year that a
Hailey queen has won that honor.
reigning Teen Queen is Morgan Anselmi, 15, a Shelley High School student
who lives in Idaho Falls with her grandparents.
reigning Junior Queen is Kali Jo Hess, 14, daughter of Mike and Sheree
Hess of American Falls. She is a ninth-grader at American Falls High