JOHN DAY – Reitta Wyllie of John Day has been chosen to reign over the 2105 Grant County Fair and Rodeo.
The new queen is the daughter of Lindsey and Colleen Wyllie, and granddaughter of Donna Wyllie.
The tryout took place April 18, with Tracie Bird, Laurie Hueckman and Karen Officer as judges.
They scored Wyllie on reining pattern and grand entry run (for horsemanship), interview and speech.
Wyllie was the only girl to sign up as a contestant this year, but fair queen advisor Donna Palmer of Long Creek said she was well-qualified by the scores she tallied in the tryout.
Wyllie, 16, is a sophomore at Grant Union and belongs to the Harney County High School Rodeo Club. She competes in barrel racing, pole bending and goat tying. She also participates in 4-H.
“I’m looking forward to representing Grant County,” she said.
Palmer said Wyllie, as queen, will attend various fairs and rodeos in Central and Eastern Oregon to promote the Grant County Fair and Rodeo, starting with the May 23-24 Spray Rodeo.
She’ll also help with events at the fairgrounds, such as the camp cookoff and Challenge of Champions Bull Riding events.
When she’s not busy with her own 4-H events, she’ll be on hand at the Fair and Rodeo.
The last fair and rodeo queen was Desiree Robison in 2012 with princess CheyAnne Maley and Makaela Speakman and Sasha Juarez as ambassadors.
A coronation dinner will be announced soon, Palmer said. The event will be her main fundraiser.