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


Kendra Peterson - Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2015

For most people the 4th of July is full of excitement and fireworks, and for this South Dakota cowgirl it was just that.  After the Miss Rodeo South Dakota coronation was all said and done Kendra Peterson rode out of the arena as the new Miss Rodeo South Dakota Lady in Waiting.  She was raised on the family ranch just northwest of Sisseton, South Dakota with her parents Ronald and Myla Peterson and her younger brother Trevor.  At a very young age Kendra had a love for horses, cattle, and everything that goes along with it.  With her dad and grandfather raising registered Black Angus cattle and American Quarter Horses, she could often be found on her horse out in a pasture somewhere.  Kendra was also very active in the sport of rodeo growing up.  The rodeo life started for her when she would watch her dad compete in local team roping jackpots and ranch rodeos, which led to her finally being old enough to compete in a ranch rodeo herself where she won her first belt buckle.  As she grew older, Kendra began to compete in 4H and High School rodeos.  At first when she started traveling to rodeos, she was jealous of some of the other girls who had a horse for each event.  This thought quickly left when she realized that she was the lucky one because she had found a diamond in the rough with the horse her dad had team roped on for many years.  With this horse she competed in barrel racing, breakaway roping, team roping (both heading and heeling), and pole bending.  Kota was the only horse she needed and was the one horse that taught her more things about life than any person could.  Kendra attended Sisseton High School where she was on the volleyball team and a student manager for both girls’ basketball and track.  She was also active in the Sisseton FFA Chapter being both Treasurer and President and competed on various judging teams.  After high school Kendra decided to travel north and attend the University of Minnesota Crookston where she remained active with the FFA on a collegiate level, competed on various agricultural judging teams with an association called North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, and found a love for the sport of hockey.  In December 2013 Kendra graduated with a degree in Accounting and a minor in Agricultural Business.  Kendra has been blessed with the titles of Miss Glacial Lakes 4H Rodeo Ambassador, Miss Hyde-Hand 4H Rodeo Ambassador, Miss Rodeo Aberdeen, Miss Corn Palace Stampede, Miss Foothills Rodeo and the 2015 Miss Rodeo South Dakota.  To Kendra, family is everything and without her family behind her 100% she knows she would not have made it this far.  She would like to give a special thanks to her mom and dad for always believing in her and pushing her to be the best they knew she could, and to her brother for always being there when she needs him the most. 


Martina Loobey - Junior Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2014

I am Martina Loobey, the 17 year old daughter of Brook and Lorrie Loobey from Sturgis. This year I served as your 2014 Junior Miss Rodeo South Dakota along with our new Miss Rodeo South Dakota and best friend Kendra! This time last year I was crowned the new queen and had no idea what the new year would bring! It began with autograph sessions, rodeo performances and visits around Belle Fourche during the Black Hills Roundup. My next stop took me to Mitchell for the Corn Palace rodeo, where I was able to see the Corn Palace for the first time and was able to ride in the parade with the new Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo queens. One of my favorite rodeos this year to represent my title was the Days of 76 rodeo in Deadwood. I got to ride in all performances by carrying flags and clearing the arena. Also on their agenda for the week was two historic parades, many autograph signings down town and helping with the Days of 76 queen contest. Right before the Sturgis Rally kicked off I was able to go to Faith for their stock show and rodeo, be in their parade and be an emcee at their queen contest. Their committee let me do a 50/50 raffle to help with the expenses of my trip to Florida coming up that next year. Having gone to so many rodeos, I have made a lot of friends. Some of those same friends invited me to attend the Range Days rodeo during the Central States Fair in late August. I owe a big thank you to those that provided me a horse during that weekend. I had the distinct pleasure of carrying Ole Glory at their ranch rodeo while their National Anthem singer was on a horse next to me as well. Not only did I attend some of the bigger rodeos but also the small towns and their rodeos. Newell Labor Day rodeo will always hold a special place in my heart, not only was I able to ride in the parade and help with grand entry, I got to enter their barrel racing that evening. Melynda Sletten, our 2014 Miss Rodeo South Dakota had me set for the SDRA finals,PRS finals and the First Chance Bonanza rodeo in Brookings. I helped her with her fundraising for the Miss Rodeo America pageant and carried flags and even helped the rodeo clown JJ Harrison with his act by handing out prizes. Right after the NFR, I was got to attend the Days of 76 Christmas ball. They had amazing food, a silent auction and was able to speak to the crowd to educate them about what rodeo queens do. Later that night I showed my mad boot scootin' skills with one of the main musicians that night. It was not long after that when I had to start preparing for the Black Hills Stock Show and my rodeo queen corral. I had 30 girls show up to sign autographs and help with the world's smallest rodeo and it was said that they had never had so many queens show up before. I made new friends that day and encouraged the other queens to watch the rodeo performances that night. My days were full of autograph signings, the girls in spurs fashion show, banquets and the rodeo performances. At the end of February I had the amazing opportunity to go to Florida for the teen weekend that the Miss Rodeo Florida Inc. hosts every year. There were fifteen girls there all from different states. We had the chance to go to Disney World, attend two PRCA performaces, go to the zoo and an airboat ride. I have some of the best friends from 15 different states! The last rodeos I attended were the Sturgis Wild West Days and the Crazy Horse Stampede. None of this would have been possible without my parents, and my amazing coordinator Cindy. I wish all of the contestants good luck because this title is definitely a ride of a lifetime. Welcome to the 96th annual Black Hills Roundup!

Visiting Queens

Miss Rodeo MN
Ashley Fuchs

Miss Rodeo ND
Codi Miller

To register for the 2016 Days of '76 Queen Competition, please contact Kathy Thompson at 605-641-8604.