County fair extends rodeo queen contest entry to April 26

The Merced County Fair Rodeo Committee said it's looking for young women to participate in the 2010 Miss Merced County Fair Rodeo Queen contest. The deadline has been extended to Monday.

The Rodeo Queen contest schedule dates are all earlier this year because the fair has been moved up to June 15-20.

The committee is looking for young women who excel in horsemanship, are comfortable with public speaking, have a pleasant personality and good appearance and the ability to promote the sport of rodeo, the committee said in a news release.

To be eligible, young women must be 14-to21 years old as of June 1, 2010, and have never been married. The competition is open to residents of Merced, Madera, Mariposa and Stanislaus counties.

Committee organizers emphasize this competition isn't a beauty contest.

Contestants will be judged on horsemanship, personality, public speaking, appearance and promotion of the sport of rodeo.

This year's winner will receive a $500 cash award and other prizes including a custom trophy saddle, crown, custom sash and belt buckle. Prizes will be awarded in every category of the competition.

To get application forms, contact Amanda Jensen at (559) 665-3056 or poorgalcattleco@yahoo. com. Contest information is on the 2010 Merced County Fair's website www.MercedCountyFair. com.

The 119th annual fair theme is "Wetlands, Water and Wildlife." For more information call (209) 722-1507, fax at (209) 722-3773 or e-mail Info@Merced County Fair.com.

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