Top cowboys and cowgirls will compete in the Championship Rodeo at the Arkansas Finals Rodeo during the 2019 Southeast District Fair & Livestock Show and Rodeo. A new rodeo queen will also be crowned. The fair will be held Monday through Saturday, Sept. 30 through Oct. 5. at Hestand Stadium at Pine Bluff.


The rodeo will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 3-5. Events will culminate with the crowning of new champions, and a new rodeo queen, on Saturday, Oct. 5, according to a news release.


Vying for the 2019 Southeast Arkansas Rodeo Queen are Mylynn Holstead of Star City, Brittney Miller of Pine Bluff, Cassidy Caple of Sheridan, Riley Wells of Benton, Kylee Maloy of Cabot, Sarah Nutt of Star City, and Rachel Jackson of Southaven, Miss.


The reigning Southeast Arkansas Rodeo Queen is Abby Wynn of Star City. Wynn is a 2019 graduate of Star City High School, and plans to attend Jefferson School of Nursing in Pine Bluff to become a registered nurse. Wynn was an active participant in Arkansas High School Rodeo and the Southern Junior Rodeo Association, where she promoted her title and Southeast Arkansas at rodeos throughout the year. She was also the 2017 Teen Miss Rodeo Arkansas and is a two-time National High School Finals Rodeo qualifier,according to the release.


Rodeo Queen contestants are judged by two independent three-judge panels on horsemanship ability, personal interview, and their performance during various parts of the rodeo. Rodeo queens are expected to have a broad knowledge of horses, rodeo, and the western lifestyle; and be able to demonstrate superior horsemanship skills in the arena. The 2019 queen will receive a trophy saddle, custom buckle, and other prizes. Awards will also be given for the highest scoring Horsemanship ride, Miss Congeniality, Miss Photogenic, the Betty McKiever Memorial Award, and the first Runner up. The Southeast Arkansas Rodeo Queen will serve as an ambassador for rodeo and Southeast Arkansas at events throughout the state and region.


The pageant is directed by Paige Bolin Sanders of Sheridan with assistance from Rodeo Chairman Curt Haley, Vice President John McVay, and President Greg Bolin.


Sanders would like to thank pageant sponsors STARKO Inc., Alan, Rita, and Ethny Ashcraft, Maggie Waymack Cope, Southern Specialty, A-Squared Leather, the family of the late Betty McKiever, F&W Metal Works, and the Jefferson County Cattlemen’s Association.


All are invited to visit the district fair, carnival, livestock show and rodeo at Hestand Stadium.