Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:30 PM by Tara Grimes - MTN News
Miss Rodeo Montana 2012 Mariah Rys-Sikora crowned her successor Alyson Grinestaff, while Miss Teen Rodeo Montana 2012 Jennika O'Neil handed her duties off to Alaini Lorash on Saturday in Great Falls at the Hampton Inn.
Before the formal crowning ceremony, Rys-Sikora and O'Neil shared their year of memories, from attending parades, to rodeos, to speaking about the importance of Western values and heritage.
Although Grinestaff and Lorash did not have other competitors and were given the title right away, both say they are fully committed to their obligations.
"I'm just so excited this year to be able to attend all of our Montana rodeos," Grinestaff said. "I get to pack old glory around a few times. It's just such a privilege and honor to serve the great state of Montana at rodeos this year and other community events."
Lorash echoed that statement by saying, "Right now I am so excited not only to be representing the beautiful state of Montana and the great sport of rodeo, I'm so excited to go to communities I haven't even been to yet and to really connect with people."
Grinestaff is originally from Red Lodge, but now calls Bozeman home. She will travel to Las Vegas at the end of the year to compete in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant held during the National Finals Rodeo.
Lorash is a junior at Billings Central Catholic High School and calls 4K Ranch in Fishtail her home.