I am just home from the Black Hills Stock Show, which runs through Feb. 8 at Rapid City, S.D. — a great get-together for friends. Among the new friends were Miss Faith (S.D.) Stock Show Rodeo Queen Mikayla Sich. Originally from Duluth, Minn., Sich is an alumni of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, Minn., but now is an agricultural communications major and animal science and ag business minor at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D. Also at the BHSS was Miss North Dakota Rodeo Dani Taylor of Mandan, N.D., a senior SDSU mass communications and political science major. The two queens were among 28 queens who answered an annual rodeo queen’s call, through social media. The queens help run the World’s Smallest Rodeo children’s event, where kids dress up like cowboys and run “figure 8s” and other events on stick ponies. No live animals, but lots of live fun.
Curiously, before the BHSS, Sich and Taylor had never met at SDSU. “It’s a big place,” Taylor said, noting the student population is almost13,000. I know, I told her. I am a proud graduate and grew up in Brookings. I have stories from a new cattlemen’s conference at the BHSS and features from the horse sale coming in the Feb. 9 issue of Agweek magazine. Don’t forget to subscribe.