Miss Rodeo Idaho History

As you know, the Miss Rodeo America Pageant is a nationally recognized affair. But, today's events are a far cry from 1955, when just twelve young women competed for the fledgling title.

Compiled by Kindi Hess, Miss Rodeo Idaho 2000

1945 – 1955

This was a transition period, when International Rodeo Management Association (IRM) conceived the idea of holding state pageants to select contestants for the national event. Which led to the making of Miss Rodeo Idaho Pageant.

1956 – 1964

Fran Blomquist of Caldwell was on the Board of the IRM, which allowed him to start the beginnings of the Miss Rodeo Idaho Pageant. The Caldwell Night Rodeo in Caldwell, Idaho was the site for selecting Miss Rodeo Idaho. The Chamber of Commerce served as the President of the Miss Rodeo Idaho Board. Beginning of the rodeo week they held the Caldwell Night Rodeo queen contest (the winner of CNR title was given the option of advancing to the Miss Rodeo Idaho Pageant as a contestant) the ending of the week the Miss Rodeo Idaho Pageant was held.

1965 – 1996

Miss Rodeo Idaho Pageant moved to Filer, Idaho to be held with the Twin Falls Co. Fair & Rodeo. Dean and Alma Vickers were instrumental in moving the pageant. Dean and Alma would donate their time and motor home to help the current Miss Rodeo Idaho attend all of her duties throughout the state. Later handing over the responsibility to Bob Harvey, Gene Hull, and Tom Shouse.
*Dorothy Alexander, Sherri Arkoosh, Tom Shouse and Don Simplot held significant positions on the Miss Rodeo America Board.


Dean Vickers donated a perpetual Miss Rodeo Idaho Buckle in honor of his wife the late Alma Vickers. The buckle is described as 24ct gold inlays and sterling silver. All of the Rodeo events are present in the design. A garnet was put in the buckle for each Miss Rodeo Idaho who wore it and Rubies for the Miss Rodeo Americas from Idaho. On the back of the buckle is inscribed: Alma Vickers revolving Memorial Buckle presented annually to Idaho's Outstanding Rodeo Queen. This buckle was retired in 1983 and is on display at (Jim) Vickers’ Western Store in Twin Falls, Idaho.


The vision of the Miss Rodeo Idaho Crown was design and made by Kenny Hanson.


The MRI Board of Directors held two pageants to change the year of reign for Miss Rodeo Idaho. Nicole Hymas was crowned Miss Rodeo Idaho 1987 in August (4 months) and attend the Miss Rodeo America Pageant that year. The second young lady Suzanne Stancil was Miss Rodeo Idaho-Elect for the holdover title and started her reign January 1, 1988. Sherri Arkoosh (state delegate) hosted a Miss Rodeo Idaho Reunion in conjunctions with the pageants and the Twin Falls Co. Fair & Rodeo.


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For the 1st time in the history of the Miss Rodeo Idaho Pageant and Miss Rodeo America Pageant, Joni James, a daughter of a former Miss Rodeo Idaho, Karen (Lavens) James, has captured the same coveted honor. And later on in 1990 won the same prestigious title her mother held as Miss Rodeo America. Joni also held the title 1986 National Miss College Rodeo.


Curt and Hal Dodge in Caldwell, Idaho donated the use of a Dodge Dakota Pickup for Rhonda Vedvig the current Miss Rodeo Idaho.


The Board of Directors came up with the concept of Miss Teen Rodeo Idaho for the purpose of fundraising and when Miss Rodeo Idaho was out of state Miss Teen Rodeo Idaho could take over her responsibilities. The business operation was incorporated in the State of Idaho as Miss Rodeo Idaho, Inc.


The Miss Rodeo Idaho Board and Miss Teen Rodeo Idaho Board separated and became their own entities. Rodeos Unlimited, Inc. now hosts the MTRI Pageant in Gooding, Idaho.


The Beginning of the Miss Rodeo Idaho Newsletter published monthly by Sue Marostic of Kuna, Idaho. Later to be published quarterly by many other great minds.


The Pageant relocated again, this time to Nampa, Idaho with the help of Lloyd Kalibgner, George Crow, and Jack Blake. The Snake River Stampede presented the Miss Rodeo Idaho Pageant with a check in the amount of $5,000.00. These funds are truly the beginning of the Pageant, which Snake River Stampede continues to support.


Kimberly Williams Miss Rodeo Idaho in 1996 was the 1stfrom Idaho to hold the Miss Rodeo USA Title (IPRA).


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Shelly Williams Miss Rodeo Idaho '98 wins the coveted title of MRA 1999


Miss Rodeo Idaho, Inc., goes online with website. (www.missrodeoidaho.com).


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Idaho resident Kay "Weick" Dennis MRI 1956 was inducted into the Miss Rodeo America Pageant Hall of Fame for her 25 years of appreciated service.

Are you a former Miss Rodeo Idaho or know of one? Let us hear from you so we can complete our history.

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