By RENEE WELLS
OAKLEY – This little town is gearing up for the big day, because Oakley’s annual Pioneer Days
celebration is underway.
A schedule of the week’s events is listed in the Community calendar and in the Mayor’s Minute, on page three of The Voice.
The rodeo Friday and Saturday nights will include a Stock Saddle Bronc Riding Contest. The event is limited to 20 entries, with 10 riding each night of the rodeo. There is a $75 entry fee and those interested can contact Broden Matthews at 431-3263 or Steve Manning at 431-3292.
New royalty will be crowned at the rodeo performances. A new princess will be chosen at Friday’s rodeo and the new 2011 Oakley Pioneer Days Queen will be named during Saturday’s rodeo.
Each category has two contestants this year.
Those girls who are vying for queen are Koryl Wadsworth, 21, daughter of Jeff and Marion Wadsworth, of Oakley. Koryl loves horses, leather, swing dancing, and turquoise are her favorite things on earth.
Koryl is currently working on a degree in dance, with a minor in business from Brigham Young University. Her studies have taken her to places like China, where she was privileged to ride with Mongolian horsemen. Through all her adventures, Koryl has come to realize that Oakley is the best place in the world.Samantha Ward, 17, is the daughter of Steve and Tonya Ward, of Almo. Samantha just graduated from Raft River High School this past spring, where she was involved in basketball, track, rodeo, FFA, dramaand drill team.
She received her certified nursing assistant license during the school year. In the fall, she plans to attend Utah State University to continue her studies in health care. Samantha enjoys riding her horse, reading, snowboarding and hanging out with friends. She is also a big help to her dad on their family ranch.
Contestants for Teen Queen are Sara Bayless and Maquel Peterson.
Bayless is the 15-year-old daughter of Mike and Amy Bayless, of Rupert. Her favorite activities include riding horses, dance, swimming, camping, and spending time with friends and family.
Maquel Peterson is the 13-year-old daughter of Nels and Cherie Peterson, of Oakley. Maquel has five brothers and sisters. She will be attending the 8th grade at Oakley Jr. High this year. She enjoys volleyball, basketball, track and rodeo. She loves being outside with her horse and family dog, Sue. She also enjoys being in the kitchen with her mom, helping with big family dinners.The Princess contestants for this year’s event are Sky Pruett and Holly Ann Ward.
Sky is the 11-year-old daughter of Calvin and Jonae Pruett, of Norland. She loves spending her summer days riding horses, especially her horse, Shandi, caring for their critters, which she says are her best friends,
and serving as the secretary of the Country Friends 4-H Club.
Holly is the 11-year-old daughter of Steve and Tonya Ward, of Almo, and the little sister of queen contestant Samantha Ward. Holly will be a sixth graderat Raft River Elementary School this fall, where she plays basketball and runs track. She loves to sing and dance and be with her friends. She loves riding her horse, Crow, and jumping on the trampoline with her sister.
The princesses will be crowned at Friday’s rodeo and the queen will be announced on Saturday.Be sure to come early and enjoy the parade, which starts at 5 p.m. Floats and entries are to meet at the high school at 4 p.m. to line up for the parade, which will travel through town on Main Street to the
fire station near Tabernacle Park.
Grand Marshalls for this year’s parade are Raymond and Sharol Searle. Honored Pioneers are Parke and June Bunn, Valerie Gierisch, and Keith and Jan Critchfield.
Come find “Joy in the Journey.”