Queen Competition

Congratulations to Morgan Straub , Miss Days of '76 2014, Kelly Jo Schapp - Jr queen, and Taylor Fisher-Princess.

Morgan Straub is the 19 year old daughter of Marc Straub and Caryn Clinton. She was born and raised in the great town of Deadwood, South Dakota. Morgan graduated from Lead-Deadwood High School in 2013 where she was active in Student Council, Key Club, track and volleyball. Morgan was the very first Jr Miss Days of ’76 in 2012. She now attends Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota where she will graduate with a bachelor in Nursing. While at Dakota Wesleyan, Morgan acts as the student body representative on Student Senate, vice president for The Third Freedom (Universities Fighting World Hunger), a student ambassador, and a sprinter on the Track and Field team. She has worked at First Step Child Care in Deadwood since 2011 and has a passion for teaching, guiding and being a role model for children. Her strengths include positivity, responsibility, communication, being a relator, and an includer. During her free time, you will always find Morgan outside. She enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, riding horses, and snowboarding. Morgan also has a passion for volunteering her time and helping people be the best that they can be. 

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2014 Days of '76 Queen Competition:
To register for the 2015 Days of '76 Queen Competition, please contact Kathy Thompson at 605-641-8604

MELYNDA SLETTEN: Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2014


Melynda is the reigning Miss Rodeo South Dakota, and 24 year old daughter of Lynn and Brenda Sletten of Pierpont.
She is a 2008 graduate of Langford High School and actively participated in 4-H rodeos, Jim River Riders, Aberdeen Horseman Association, and All American Saddle Club. No stranger to the rugged outdoors, Melynda worked as a wrangler, guiding people through the Black Elk Wilderness in Hill City. She then attended Ridgewater College and Lake Area Technical Institute, receiving a license in cosmetology. She also is PCA skin certified,  In addition to volunteering at SPURS therapeutic riding center in Aberdeen, Melynda's free time is filled with drawing, dancing, cooking, and anything to do with horses.

As former Miss Foothills Rodeo and Miss Rodeo Aberdeen, Melynda continues to combine her love for the western lifestyle and South Dakota in everything she does, carrying the those beautiful, rolling hills of South Dakota deep in her heart.  She  is a full time cosmetologist in Aberdeen, wrangler at Aberdeen Livestock, and will be competing in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas, NV at the National Finals Rodeo this December.



Visiting Queens

Miss Rodeo MN
Ashley Fuchs

Miss Rodeo ND
Codi Miller

To register for the 2015 Days of '76 Queen Competition, please contact Kathy Thompson at 605-641-8604.