Rodeo royal navigates unusual, challenging but satisfying reign

Queen Tara Ryan began her reign in 2019, and then the pandemic set in. (THOMAS C. DUNCAN/Submitted by Tara Ryan).

VALE – When Tara Ryan felt the tiara on her cowboy hat during the 2019 Vale 4th of July Rodeo, she felt a sense of accomplishment and anticipation.

Even as a child, Ryan wanted to be a cowgirl. She realized that dream – and her selection as Vale 4th of July Rodeo Queen opened up an array of possibilities. She planned to visit rodeos and other events – such as parades – across the region.

Then Covid arrived, and everything changed.

Now, two years later, Ryan will be back in the rodeo arena during the July rodeo, this time to hand off her tiara to a new queen.

Her moment in the spotlight comes as Vale . . .