The Miss Rodeo Arizona Pageant is now in its 61st year. Originally there was no specific Miss Rodeo Arizona pageant. Whoever was crowned queen at the "Rodeo of Rodeos" was supported through the Phoenix Jaycees to represent Arizona at the Miss Rodeo America pageant and the very first MRAZ was Karen Womack Vold in 1958. The annual state pageant began in 1983 when interested parties felt it was to the benefit of the rodeo committees around the state that a fair and impartial competition be held to select a queen who could represent all of the committees throughout Arizona . The winner would then be the state entry in the Miss Rodeo America pageant that year.
As the first lady of rodeo in Arizona , Miss Rodeo Arizona promotes rodeo and the western way of life. Although participation in rodeos and various queen pageants is her primary focus, Miss Rodeo Arizona also visits schools, hospitals, senior centers and other places. This enables her to share her experiences and love of rodeo and the western lifestyle with many different people, as well as potentially touch their lives in a special way.
In 1995, Miss Rodeo Arizona, Inc. (MRAz, Inc.) was incorporated and granted tax exempt status, a transition that made it possible for donors and sponsors to use their funds and merchandise as tax deductions. This gave Miss Rodeo Arizona more accessibility to assistance for her many appearances representing the Grand Canyon State .
Today MRAz, Inc. is led by a seven member Board of Directors and continues to be responsible for producing the annual pageant. It also administers a scholarship funds program to award scholarships to top competitors. Throughout the year, the organization also supports the reigning queen in a variety of ways.
Miss Rodeo Arizona, Inc. is an organization of volunteers and is supported by the generosity of our Executive Board of Directors, Board of Directors, Members, Corporate Sponsors, and Individual Sponsors, all of who are so vital to our accomplishments and success. It involves many hours of service and dedication to maintain the quality that has been evident in recent years. That quality, and the commitment of young women interested in holding this title, will guarantee that MRAz, Inc. will continue to grow and bring opportunity to young women throughout the state of Arizona . The MRAz, Inc. Scholarship Funds Program is one of the most important goals in the administrative process and we encourage all royalty to further her career and educational goals.
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