The 72nd Crossett PRCA Rodeo kicks off this week and with the rodeo comes other special events such as the parade and queen contest.
The reigning Teen Miss Crossett PRCA Rodeo is Cami Murphy a 2020 graduate of Hamburg High School. She is the daughter of Roy and Carol Murphy and is preparing to attend Ashley County Cosmetology School.
The reigning Miss Crossett PRCA Rodeo, Jessica Mauser is a 2018 graduate of Crossett and is the daughter of Brian and Wanda Mauser. She currently lives in Branson, Mo., where she performs regularly in the Dolly Pardon Stampede show.
Each year the reigning queens attend various rodeos all over the country representing their titles.
This year some of the events were canceled due to COVID-19. Though their events were cut short Mauser said she still traveled over 5,000 miles in the southeastern part of the country representing the Crossett Rodeo. The two will carry the flags and represent their titles for the final time this week.
On Saturday they will turn their crowns over to this year’s winners during the coronation ceremony.
Those competing for a new Teen Miss crown include Addison Gray of Hamburg and Lana Carter of Crossett.
Gray is the daughter of Brad Gray and Kelli and Thomas Clark. She is a junior at Hamburg High School. She is an active participant in 4-H and carries various horse related titles. In 2018 she was the Hamburg Junior Rodeo Pole Champion and the 4H Senior Flag Champion.
Carter is the daughter of Mollie and Brandon Carter. She is a freshman at Crossett High School where she plays on the softball team. She is also an active member of 4-H. Carter is the reigning Teen Miss Ashley County Horsemanship and will turn over that title in September during the 2020 coronation ceremony.
The contestants in the Miss Crossett PRCA Rodeo contest include Ashley Hollis of Hamburg and Jaclyn Vagts of Star City.
Hollis is a 2020 graduate of Hamburg High School. She has held multiple rodeo royalty titles including that of Teen Miss Crossett PRCA Rodeo in 2016, Teen Miss Ashley County Horsemanship in 2017 and Arkansas State Fair Junior Rodeo Queen in 2017. She has also won many 4H Champion titles and multiple awards and championships at the Ashley County Fair and Horse Show. In 2019 she won the Milo Riding Club Buckle Series for the second time.
Vagts is a graduate of Star City High School and currently a student at Southeast Arkansas College where she studies surgical technology. Vagts currently competes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association in the barrel racing and breakaway categories. In 2019 she won various awards at the 2019 SEARK Horse Show and the Arkansas State Horse Show.
The contestants will compete in various activities throughout the week including horsemanship, interviews, and modeling. They will also ride in the parade on Wednesday and ride in the rodeo each night.
The coronation ceremony will be held during the last night of the rodeo which is Saturday.
Each year during the rodeo, the Crossett Rodeo queens carry the flags and ride throughout the night, but rodeos welcome visiting royalty as well including those who travel to represent their titles.
This year Crossett will have a list of visiting queens including Miss Southeastern Circuit Sydeny Albritton, Miss Mid South Rodeo Reagan Caen, Teen Miss Mid South Rodeo Alea Munoz, Junior Miss Mid-South Ryle Lemley, Little Miss Grant County Katie Duncan, Miss Drumright Lindsey Thompson, Miss Ashley County Horsemanship Sweetheart Mabry Davis, and Miss Ashley County Horsemanship Princess Briana Jerry.