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Lawrence relishes role as Nyssa rodeo ambassador

Mikayla Jo Lawrence, the 2018 Nyssa Nite Rodeo queen said her job means meeting lots of new people and encountering new experiences and engaging the community. (The Enterprise/Submitted photo).

NYSSA – Mikayla Jo Lawrence, 2018 Nyssa Nite Rodeo queen, knew that she had to be polite to the man who stood near her at Nyssa’s Thunderegg Days last summer.

But the man’s voice was growing louder as he talked.

He wanted Lawrence to know he believed that certain rodeo events were cruel, that the animals were mistreated.

As a rodeo queen, Lawrence’s assignment is to be outgoing and cordial to everyone.

She carefully and slowly explained to the man the roots of rodeo.

Of how calf roping, for example, began as a way to secure the animals so they could . . .