At the grand entry at the Creston Classic Rodeo on Saturday, two queens were chosen. The junior queen is Kara Kester (pictured) and the senior queen is Mercedes Marson.
The 15th annual Creston Classic Rodeo saw its largest crowd, rodeo publicity manager Wendy Sinclair said.
"It was the biggest one so far," Sinclair said. "It was just packed."
The annual drawing for 10 percent of the proceeds brought in $22,000 with the winner getting $2,200.
The rodeo was started in order to raise funds to build a community center in Creston. Rodeo organizers expect that the community center will be located in the current Cal Fire complex by fire season 2011.
The three-day event began on Friday, Sept. 10 with Jackpot team roping from 6 p.m. to midnight and rodeo events continuing the next two days.
One big part of the rodeo weekend is the queen and junior queen competition. This year, there were eight girls in the queen contest, four junior queen and four for senior. Kara Kester was chosen as the junior queen and Mercedes Marson as the senior queen.
"These girls will spend the year attending horse events and clinics around the state as representatives for the rodeo," Sinclair said. "Both excelled in public speaking, horsemanship and tickets sales."
"They are all local girls," Creston Classic Rodeo board president/chairman Tom Hansen said. "They are all girls from all over the North County and southern Monterey County."
The girls are judged on horsemanship, civic and school activities, their ability to present themselves publicly and interviews and ticket sales.
"It really helps these young girls develop their presentation skills," Hansen said and added that the queen contestants are like ambassadors for the rodeo, telling others about the rodeo.
Over the years, the rodeo has raised a total of $90,000 for the community center. Hansen said the rodeo will continue even after the group has location when Cal Fire moves into its new location because it is a continuous project.
For more information on the rodeo, go to www.crestonclassic rodeo.org.
All Around Women's: Alison Grantham of Creston
Men's All Around: Franky Martinez of Shandon and Blaine Ketcher of San Simeon
Barrels: Shelby Tuck
Steer Riding: Blaine Ketcher
Team Sorting: Alison Grantham, Duane and Billie Jo Baxley of Paso Robles
Men's Tie Down Roping: Blaine Ketcher
Amateur Team Roping: Cole Burton and Clint Hayes of Paso Robles...
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