Last Wednesday at the Chowchilla Fairgrounds, the Chowchilla Western Stampede Committee said goodbye to their 2012 Royalty and crowned their 2013 Stampede Royalty.
Eleven young ladies from Madera, Merced, Mariposa and Fresno Counties competed for titles in four age categories. The winners of the Royalty race will represent the Stampede Committee over the next year at public events, fairs, rodeos and parades.
This year's winner in the Queen category is Lindsey Crafts of Mariposa. Crafts is a 22-year-old graduate of Mariposa High School and student at Reedley College, where she obtained an associate degree. She is continuing her education working toward a four-year degree. Crafts is the daughter of Tim and Becky Crafts of Mariposa.
Crafts brought strong support from the Mariposa community to help her win the title. Her friends and family from Mariposa were present at the crowning and all expressed their excitement for Crafts on her win. Crafts was quick to praise the businesses and community members of Mariposa who supported her run for this title.
Crafts received a custom crown and buckle, a custom barrel racing saddle from Cowboy Classic Saddles of Tolar Texas and a matching breast collar along with other gifts.
Lindsey plans on attending Stampede activities throughout the area to help promote the long-standing heritage of the Chowchilla Western Stampede.
The winner of the Princess category was Bailey Samper of Raymond. Bailey is a 14-year-old student at Minarets High School, where she is an FFA member. Bailey is the daughter of Clay and Gina Samper of Raymond. Bailey wants to combine her passion of the western way of life and practice her ag communications skills as the Stampede Princes.
She is excited about having the opportunity to represent an organization that is deeply rooted in preserving western traditions and lifestyle.
Bailey received a rhinestone crown, custom trophy buckle from Tres Rios Silver, sash, custom breast collar and other gifts for her win.
Delaney Rawls of Los Banos, an 11-year old-student at Volta Elementary, was crowned Little Miss Chowchilla Western Stampede. Delaney is the daughter of Joe and Dana Rawls of Los Banos. She is an active member of the Los Banos 4-H Club, where her projects are horse, beef and sheep. Delaney rides her horse in gymkhana events and was a competitor in the Under the Barn gymkhana series sponsored by the Chowchilla Western Stampede and the Chowchilla Fairgrounds this winter.
Delaney said she plans on having fun as Stampede royalty and is excited and challenged about representing the Stampede Committee during the upcoming year.
For her winning her title, Delaney received a rhinestone crown, custom trophy buckle, sash and many other gifts. Delaney also was the winner of the award for the most raffle tickets sold during the annual Grand Marshall Dinner held in January. For winning this special contest, Delaney received a custom trophy buckle from Tres Rios Silver of Llano, Texas.
The 2013 Wee Miss Chowchilla Western Stampede is 5-year-old Miss Hailey Hatcher of Chowchilla. Hailey is the daughter of Brandon and Rebecca Hatcher of Chowchilla.
She is a student at Stephens Elementary School. Hailey is an active member of "Kids Under Construction" at Cornerstone Church. She rides horses and enjoys going to the races with her friends. Hailey is excited about the year and thinks it will be fun to ride in the parades and wave at her family and friends.
For her win, Hailey received a rhinestone crown, a custom Tres Rios belt buckle, sash and other gifts.
All of the winners will represent the Stampede Committee during the upcoming year.