By Bill Tiedje
Representing Ouray County, local rodeo royalty welcomed guests, signed autographs and passed out ribbons at the annual National Western Stock Show in Denver, conveying the county's "Western Spirit" to thousands.
"We had to always be looking our best and acting our best," explained Queen Attendant Alexis Darcy. "We had long hours, but it was a lot of fun."
Greeting visitors and taking photos with admiring younger girls was just part of the job. The rodeo royalty also assisted with directing guests to their seats and recruiting kids for rodeo games such as stick horse races and mutton busting, and even got the chance to meet Miss Rodeo America, Paige Nicholson.
Queen Brynne Skalla explained the reaction of many young girls upon meeting Ouray County's own rodeo royalty.