The Oregon Queen — August 2022

The Oregon Queen — August 2022

September 9, 2022 Off By Lois Forester

2022 Miss Rodeo Oregon Avalon Irwin!

While the month of August wasn’t as busy as June and July, it still held some very important events. The first week of the month was a special one for my family as we were hosting my sister and her bridal party before her wedding. The week was filled with daily and celebration as we introduced everyone to all that Central Oregon has to offer. At the end of the week there was a beautiful outdoor ceremony in Sunriver uniting my sister and her college sweetheart in the life
they have chosen to embark on together. I was honored to get to perform the job of Maid of Honor for my sister, a job I have been looking forward to having since we were children. It was wonderful to get to spend the week with my sister preparing for her big event. The thing I always enjoy the most is the people I meet. I was so grateful to get to deepen my relationships with her friends and add a new brother to the family.

After a week of wedding celebrations my family and I got a quick week off before it was time to head to Canby for the Miss Rodeo Oregon Pageant. Being on the other side of the pageant this year was quite the experience of its own. I was so grateful to get to be such a big part of the Canby Rodeo, helping pack sponsor flags and push cattle in the arena. This rodeo will always have such a special place in my heart. The pageant this year was a blast; both contestants brought their A game and did a wonderful job. It was also very special to get to spend so much time with the judges this year. As I prepare for America they were right there to give me wisdom, answer questions, and share any stories of their experiences. All of which I was incredibly grateful for.

The last big event of the month of August was to finish my application for the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. The application was due September 1st and I am proud to say that my entry was in early! It was really nice to spend the month reflecting on the person I am, not just as Miss Rodeo Oregon, but as Avalon. There are a lot of special experiences I have had in my lifetime that have made me the woman I am today and I am very excited to get to share those experiences with everyone. As I have traveled down the road I try to remind young women that we are so much more than the title we carry for a year. We are experiences, dreams and ambitions. Those are the things that qualify us to be the leaders we are and those are the things we need to remember about ourselves when faced with adversity. Because who we are at the core is far more important than any title or job we might have. I encourage you to write down some of those experiences you have had in your lifetime and post them somewhere that you can reference them when you need to be reminded of how awesome of a person you are.

Here are some of fun facts about me that you might not have known that made the pages of my Miss Rodeo America Application:
● I spent a summer in Altea, Spain doing community outreach through art as my college internship
● I am PADI scuba certified (Best PE class I ever took!)
● I love going horse camping (If you have not seen all the cool places to camp with your horse in Oregon, check out Kim McCarrel’s guide books!)
● I spent a semester of college training with the Airforce Officer’s Program

I hope that some of these experiences can inspire you and show you that you can be a successful horsewoman and enjoy other activities. Keep up with all of us on social media to see where the month of September leads us!
Avalon Irwin
Miss Rodeo Oregon 2022

Destiny helping me pick out my Western Trend outfit for the Fashion Show.

Carrie helped, too!

We had a blast at the Dahlia farm. Thank you Jeff for going along with my crazy photo ideas.


My baby sister got married this month!

My family and I had a blast decorating her outdoor venue and celebrating her on her big day!

Military night at any rodeo is always my favorite. Three of my immediate family members have served in the military, including my sister who is currently a nurse for the Army.

Run ins at Canby will always have a special place in my heart!

PC: Julia Smith

Kearsten is ready for the crown!

Pendleton Queens' Trip

Since 2010, when Ashley (Zeigler) Minaise was Miss Rodeo Oregon and thought up this idea, we have invited State Queens to Oregon for the Pendleton Round Up.  It's tradition that the event is hosted by the reigning Miss Rodeo Oregon so, this year, these lovely ladies will converge in Central Oregon where Avalon Irwin has activities planned.  In 2010, the queens went to Newport Bay for dinner, visited Oregon Health & Sciences University Doernbecher Children's Hospital for visits with patients, and then traveled to Pendleton.

Stay tuned for photos and a special article about Pendleton 2022 Queens' Trip in next month's newsletter!

2022 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon Destiny Wecks!

With kids going back to school and summer days are getting limited, rodeos haven't slowed any and the rodeo athletes are just getting warmed up in their season!

As the hot summer month of August ended and September settled in, I've been busy closing out my summer rodeos and events before I head off to college! August opened with the Benton County Fair and Rodeo where I was able to carry the American Flag for grand entry while their Queen Allie sang the national anthem. I also got to ride my favorite horse of all time, a rope horse loaned to me for the rodeo by Mike and Angie Gorman. Being a rope horse, he sure did pretty run ins and carried the flag with grace and beauty!
Coming back home, I stopped in to the Wallowa County Jr Rodeo, where I watched and cheered friends during different events. Just a day after the 2 day rodeo, I then started my last Wallowa County 4H Horse Fair. Though it was sad to do all my last classes, that I have enjoyed for over 9 years, I was so glad to spend each day, class and moment with my life long friends and family who came to support. I was so ecstatic to win many awards with my show horse Whisper, and with the conclusion of the fair I got the opportunity to attend the Oregon State Fair.
And with my last fair coming to an end, I reloaded the trailer with rodeo queen clothes, tack and so much more, as well as my 4H and FFA show clothes for State Fair. Traveling into Canby for the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo, I only had one horse, Whisper. And, no, I didn't use her for the rodeo!  She spent all the rodeo week at former MTRO Ainsley's house while I used Joe for the rodeo. I've always been so lucky to be able to find and borrow friends' horses for any and all rodeos if I needed one! Joe wasn't the biggest fan of the horsemanship rail work and serpentine of the 2023 MRO pageant, but he really liked to go fast for the run ins!
During the pageant I helped teach the contestants the dance with Avalon as well as got to join in on the games during the PJ Party. Joe and I did rodeo grand entry queen laps each night with TETWP, Patriotic, and Military Appreciation nights.
And to round out the month, from Canby to Salem I began my last Oregon State Fair. Showing Whisper in all the different events, we took home a medallion in English Dressage and then many other ribbons for 4H and FFA classes.
September is coming in faster than I thought, but with this next month I'm excited to attend events, rodeos, and parades like the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days-rodeo, Lewiston Round Up Rodeo and home of the green mile, Pendleton Round Up! Before this next month comes to a close, I will also be moving to Ontario, Oregon to start college at Treasure Valley Community College.
"Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don't strive to make your presence felt, just make your absence felt."- unknown
Destiny Wecks,
2022 Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon

Flipping out over the memories and friendships during the Benton County Fair and Rodeo

Wallowa County Fair, Rusty Spurs Club is all smiles

The battle is on for the next year's Miss Rodeo of luck, ladies!

Ready for the fashion show and we've got our great bags sponsored from our pageant

Best show dad! Thank you Jeffrey for helping during State Fair, along with my amazing mom Vixen

WC Fair gaming! Everyone's got glitter on and smiles held

Welcome home Wheely, the newest addition to our trailer we thought we needed during the Canby Rodeo

Packed the American Flag on Blitz! Great mount for never packing a flag before

Kisses under the carnival lights for the last time ever for State Fair

Benton County Rodeo with NPRA Queen Zoe and Philomath Queen Corbie.

Nominations for the Class of 2022 Miss Rodeo Oregon Hall of Fame are now open!  The deadline for entry is November 1, 2022 and the announcement of the inductee(s) will be made by December 1.  All details can be found on the website under the tab "Hall of Fame".

2022 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon Carrie Woods!

What a busy month! Although August wasn’t packed with rodeos, I still kept busy outside of the rodeo arena!

For the first few weeks of August, I was getting ready for my county fair. I was busy clipping my animals, getting my things ready to load in the trailer to take to the fair grounds and lots more. This year I took my market goat to show in 4-H Showmanship, Conformation, as well as to sell in the youth livestock auction. I also brought three other dairy heifers, one to sell, and the other two just to show. This year I ended up winning 4-H Intermediate Market Goat Showmanship, which means I had to compete in Master Showmanship where I had to show a steer, swine, sheep, dairy cow, dairy goat, and a breeding goat. Although it was a little tricky at times, I guess it all paid off in the end because I was the Intermediate Master Showmanship Champion! I had a blast at county fair this year and I can’t wait for next year!

I didn’t have much downtime until it was time to leave home again. This time I headed to Canby for the Miss Rodeo Oregon pageant.  We started off with Orientation and later on had the PJ Party where all of the contestants and MRO titleholders got to play lots of games and have a good time! The next day we signed autographs for people at the fair and later on we all did our run ins in the Canby arena! The next day, Friday, was for sure a busy day! We started off with Horsemanship in the morning, then followed by lunch at the Wild Hare. We then headed over to Swan Island Dahlias to get some gorgeous shots with all of the beautiful flowers. Later on, we had the Mock Media Interviews, signed autographs and once again did our run ins! Then Saturday came.  We had one last fashion show rehearsal until the big show where we all did our dance while modeling our western trend outfits. Then Destiny and I got to talk a bit about our year so far and then got to watch both of the contestants model, give their speeches, and answer the impromptu questions. Not long after, we all got ready for our last run in and then headed over to the entry gate to the arena for the crowning of the 2023 Miss Rodeo Oregon! Congratulations to Kearsten Friedrich! I can’t wait to see where the crown takes you in 2023! And congratulations to both of the contestants, Kearsten and Zoe--you both did an amazing job!

Then I was on the road again! Although this time was not for a rodeo, but for the Oregon State Fair! I showed my market goat, and my two dairy heifers, one for 4-H and the other for FFA. I placed 7th overall in the Market Goat Showmanship class, 8th in FFA Dairy Showmanship, and Champion in 4-H Dairy Showmanship! Which meant I had to compete in Master Showmanship again. But this time, I had to show a llama too! We got through Master Showmanship with only a few stubborn animals and a very upset llama--yes it did spit at me twice, I don’t think it liked me very much. 😂Overall I had a great time at my first State Fair and can’t wait to show again next year!

Until next month!

Carrie Woods

2022 Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon


Friday's run-in at the Canby Rodeo

Showing a pig in Master Showmanship at State Fair

4-H Champion Intermediate Dairy Showmanship with my heifer Adele

Showing Finn at State Fair

Master Showmanship at my county fair

Modeling at the Fashion Show

Post run-in with MRO Avalon and MTRO Destiny

All ready for Horsemanship!

I was the Intermediate Master Showmanship Champion!

Showing my goat Finn at the county fair

Pageant 2022--Some Highlights!

The next generation!


Competitors at 2018 MRA and best friends.

Thank you, Jeff Wong, for all the beautiful pageant photos.

MTRO Destiny Wecks and JMRO Carrie Woods

Fashion Show!

Mock Media Interviews at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds

MRO titleholders and contestants

With Heather Gitts-Schloe, owner of Dahlia Farms.