BRAWLEY — Girls from ages six to 23 put themselves to the test of becoming the next set of rodeo royalty at the the Brawley Cattle Call Queen boot camp on Saturday morning.
“We wanted to educated the public and encourage young girls to come out and see what running for this contest and our four categories can do for them,” explained Alexis Brown, a member of the Brawley Chamber of Commerce, and a past queen herself. “Today is to introduce them into what it takes to gear up just for this contest alone, let alone if you actually do win the title, what is expected of you.”
Since 1956, the Brawley Chamber of Commerce has hosted the annual Brawley Cattle Call competition and will celebrate its 60th year of rodeo royalty with their 2016 Brawley Cattle Call Queen Contest. The four categories consist of Little Miss, ages six to nine, Jr. Queen, ages 10 to 12, Teen Queen, ages 13 to 15, and Queen, ages 16 to 23.
“It was more so an introductory of getting to meet us one on one, so they know who we are, and who the Chamber is. They know who to talk to, as well as getting to come up and ask the current court individually what their experience was, what it took for them to run, and really what’s expected in all the different categories.”
The free-to-attend boot camp held at the Cattle Call Arena consisted of a questions and answers session with this year’s court. The “glam station” covered how hair and makeup should be kept and the Queen clothing rack showed contestants clothes and hats that rodeo royalty would wear. A horse station at the event went over the proper grooming and tack that goes into maintaining a horse.
“I think it was successful,” commented Brown. “We did have a couple of potential Little Misses and Teen Queens come out, so we do hope to see them again and just really want to encourage everyone to come out and find out what it could really do for them”.