New rodeo queen claims crown
By ELIZABETH GOLDEN
The Ellis County Rodeo was filled with more than glitz and glam Tuesday night at the annual rodeo queen coronation.
Men sported pink attire as it was "Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night" in support of breast cancer awareness.
Even Logan Snyder wore a pink shirt, along with her cowboy boots and sash.
Snyder, Smith Center, was named the 2014 Ellis County Fair Queen.
She has been involved in rodeos for the past four years.
"I always loved the rodeo," she said. "I wanted to do the events, but I was a little too young."
Since she was too young to be involved in the events she was most interested in, barrel racing and roping, she began competing in rodeo queen events.
"I really like it," Snyder said. "I love the rush it gives me when I get into the arena. My favorite part is the Queen's Run, where we're getting our horses to do as fast as they can, and everyone's looking at us."
As a 17-year-old, she grew up listening to her dad tell stories of the rodeo.
"My dad used to rodeo," she said. "It's my upbringing. It's the only sport I like and can do well. It's really unique."
She'll spend her year as queen traveling the country to various rodeo events.
"I'm really excited to get exposed to different things," she said. "I'm getting this name out there."
Snyder already has competed in the state competition in Dodge City -- twice.
"It was a great experience," she said. "I learned a lot. I hope to continue rodeo queening and get more involved. Hopefully get a ranch operation of my own someday."
Jaylinn Pfeifer also sported a pink shirt and black boots embellished with pink. Pfeifer, Ellis, is this year's rodeo princess.
She has been involved in rodeo competitions for two years.
"I've been watching rodeos since I was little," Pfeifer said. "I wanted to compete, but I was too young. This is one way I can compete, and it's really exciting for me when I got into the area."
She hopes to continue in the competitions and compete for queen in a few years.