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Wednesday, July 7, 2004


Miss Days of the Old West candidates added much to the Hailey Independence Day rodeo. Posing here, at Friday’s tea, are, from left, 2003 Junior Queen Whitney Summers; 2003 Senior Queen Shayne Krasowski; Teen Queen entries Megan Larkin, Kelsie Maloney, Kylie Freestone (the eventual winner) and Kandace Boggs; Junior Queen entry Michala Davidson (in front); 2004 Senior Queen Melinda Markin; Junior Queen winner Alexis Bennett; Teen Queen entry Madalyn Miller; Junior Queen entry Jessica Watts; Teen Queen entry Felicity McGraw; Junior Queen entry Shaylee England (in front); Teen Queen entry Krystal Tracy; and 2003 Teen Queen Cassi Ann Rushton. Express photo by David N. Seelig

Royalty named at final rodeo

2004 Miss Days of the Old West

The Sawtooth Rangers Riding Club announced the winners of the 2004 Miss Days of the Old West royalty contest during Sunday’s Hailey rodeo.

Crowned the 2004 Hailey Senior Queen was Melinda Markin, 18, of Hailey.

She graduated from Wood River High School this past June and plans to attend Albertson College in Caldwell. A member of the National Honor Society, Melinda graduated with a 3.84 GPA.

The new Teen Queen is Kylie Freestone, 13, of Pocatello. She is the daughter of John and Leslie England.

The 2004 Hailey Junior Queen is Alexis Bennett, an incoming eighth grader at Middleton Middle School. She is the daughter of Michelle Bennett of Middleton and Jeff Bennett of Meridian.

Alexis was the Miss Days of the Old West high-point winner. She received a saddle from Sawtooth Rangers, with matching breast collar from Wood River Equine Hospital.

This year’s contest coordinator was Janell Ramm. Judges included Tara Rushton, Cindy Gochnour, Dalonna Stinemates and Scharlee Roberts.

This year’s outgoing royalty included 2003 Senior Queen Shayne Krasowski of Salmon; 2003 Teen Queen Cassi Ann Rushton of Bellevue; and 2003 Junior Queen Whitney Summers of Nampa.

Check a future Idaho Mountain Express for a complete list of attendants, special prizes and sponsors.


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