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Camaraderie reigns en route to choice for Vale’s next rodeo queen

Rodeo Queen Brogan Bair provided plenty of smiles, laughs, and tears at the Vale Rodeo queen luncheon.

Bair, the 2022 queen, was joined at the luncheon on Monday, July 4, by her mom and dad, people from the Vale community, and the judges for the contest to pick her successor.

Darby Justus, one of the judges, said it was a “fantastic lineup of girls and a really tight competition.”

Justus has been a rodeo queen herself and noted the tight-knit community that Bair built with the contestants, making sure that each of them felt supported in the competition.  

Contestants Taylor Hack, Margie Rich, and Amanda Longoni appeared frequently at the rodeo competitions and events. Rich spoke at the Grand Marshal’s BBQ on June 29, and with Bair competed in the July 4 barrel racing.

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