The 2006 Miss Days of the Old West royalty was announced July 4 prior to the third of three Days of the Old West rodeo performances at Hailey Rodeo Arena.
The young women played a big role in the Independence Day festivities and the 59th annual Hailey rodeo. Results:
The new Senior Queen is Cassi Ann Rushton, 18, daughter of Boyd and Barbra Rushton of Bellevue.
She received a dozen roses from the Idaho Mountain Express; a belt buckle from Richard Von Ehrenkrook Inc.; a silver bracelet from Power Engineers; sashe from the Sawtooth Rangers; a watch from James and Angelika Jones; Wahl clippers from Brittany and Amber Jones; a duffle bag; and Bolo tie, earrings and silver buckle from Bill and Vivian Bobbitt.
Rushton was also the overall high-point winner. She received a saddle from the Sawtooth Rangers Riding Club.
For winning horsemanship in her Senior Queen class, Rushton took home spur straps from J. Neel & Co. CPA. She captured Senior Queen speech, winning stationery and a pen from A-1 Bookkeeping.
Rushton's prize for taking first place in freestyle horsemanship was a headstall and reins from Sawtooth Equine Center. She won a flag necklace from Michelle Bobbitt for winning poise and personality, and gift bags from Body Buff and Marod Spa for being Miss Photogenics.
The new Teen Queen is Krystal Tracy, 15, of Hailey. Her parents Tom and Heidi Tracy are Sawtooth Rangers and very proud of all her accomplishments. She will be a Wood River High School junior.
She earned a dozen roses from Auto Phone Communications of Sun Valley; a belt buckle from Sawtooth Rangers; silver bracelet from Sawtooth Tack & Feed/Sawtooth Rangers; sashe from the Rangers; a watch from James and Angelika Jones; necklace and earrings from Bill and Vivian Bobbitt; and Wahl clippers from Brittany and Amber Jones.
For being Miss Congeniality, she carried off a headstall and reins from Sawtooth Equine.
Tracy captured Teen Queen speech, winning stationery and a pen from Povey Pensione Bed & Breakfast. She also won Teen Queen poise and personality, collecting a flag necklace from Michelle Bobbitt.
For being Miss Photogenics, Tracy claimed gift bags from Body Buff and Marod Spa.
The Teen Queen first runner-up was Elizabeth Ann "Lizzy" Cameron, 13, a daughter of Les and Thelma Cameron of Bellevue.
She won a watch from James and Angelika Jones, earrings from the Bobbitt family and duffle bag. Cameron was also the Teen Queen horsemanship winner. She took home spur straps from Restorations and Farm Bureau.
The second runner-up was Brooke Selisch, 14, of Hailey, a daughter of Kurt and Gayle Selisch. She will be a Wood River High School freshman.
Selisch won a watch from James and Angelika Jones and earrings from the Bobbitts.
The new Junior Queen is Jessica Watts, 12, a daughter of Stan and Debbie Watts of Meridian.
She received a dozen roses from Atkinsons' Valley Market; belt buckle from Sawtooth Tack & Feed/Sawtooth Rangers; silver bracelet from Wood River Welding/Bruce's Automotive; sashe from the Sawtooth Rangers; a watch from James and Angelika Jones; necklace and earrings from Bill and Vivian Bobbitt; and Wahl clippers from Brittany and Amber Jones.
Watts swept all the special categories in her class.
She won a flag necklace from Michelle Bobbitt for winning poise and personality, and gift bags from Body Buff and Marod Spa for being Miss Photogenics.
For winning horsemanship in her Junior Queen class, Watts took home spur straps from Guffy's and Merrick Construction. She captured Junior Queen speech, collecting stationery and a pen from Shelly Shoemaker.
Outgoing royalty included Senior Queen Stephanie Jorgensen, 20, of Blackfoot; Teen Queen Charlee Smith, 15, of Ogden, Utah; and Junior Queen Heather Skovgard, 12, of Nampa. They received flowers from Atkinsons'.
This year's contest coordinator was Angie Jones of Bellevue. Royalty judges included Melinda Markin, Brittany Jones, Janell Jackson and Shelly Shoemaker.
Contest coordinator Angie Jones also gave a big thank you to Michelle Bobbitt for her help in putting the event together. Jones thanked sponsors, reigning queens and Amber Jones for her help and support.
Other contest sponsors not mentioned above included The Drug Store, Webb Landscape, Wood River Equine Hospital, Bill Bozzuto CPA, Sun Valley Garden Center, Rafter K Saddlery, Vickers Western Wear of Pocatello and Blaine County Senior Citizens Center.