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Miss Rodeo America and Miss Rodeo Colorado to attend 79th annual Fair & Rodeo

Contact: Olivia Snider, Communications Specialist, 970-328-8614, olivia.snider@eaglecounty.us

June 26, 2018 – The Eagle County Fair & Rodeo is excited to announce that Miss Rodeo America 2018 Keri Sheffield and Miss Rodeo Colorado 2018 Alex Hyland will be joining us for the 79th annual event this year.

_LVI3982_K Miss Rodeo America 2018 Keri Sheffield is a 24-year-old sweet-tea drinking, sunshine-loving, cowgirl from Summerfield, Florida. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Berry College, and works as an ICU nurse. As Miss Rodeo America, Keri will receive more than $20,000 in scholarships. When the year is over, she plans to continue her education to become a nurse anesthetist and carry out her vision to serve as a medical missionary. During her reign as Miss Rodeo America and as the official representative of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Keri will travel more than 120,000 miles and appear at more than 120 rodeo performances, including her stop at the Eagle County Fair & Rodeo. Along the rodeo trail, she’ll make appearances at schools, children’s hospitals, civic groups and other special events to educate the public about the sport of rodeo. Keri will also serve as a spokesperson at a variety of promotional events and model in advertisements for Western clothiers, publications, Miss Rodeo America sponsors and other service providers to the Western industry. Keri’s determination is resolute, her passions unmistakable: riding, rodeo, kissing on her nieces and nephews, and living a life of service. 

“There is an abundance of privilege and responsibility bound to the crown of Miss Rodeo America," Keri said. "It would afford any one of us the unique and honorable opportunity to promote the sport of rodeo and the Western way of life. It is also a deeply personal choice. I have prayed for an avenue by which I can be a living demonstration that a life is best lived when it is given selflessly to others. I have prayed for a path that can make my dreams of continuing my education a reality, which will ultimately lead me to help administer medical services as a missionary in third world countries. I have prayed for a way to lead others towards a sense of belonging and community. I have prayed for a position of leadership from which I can teach humility and simple kindness. Miss Rodeo America is, quite frankly, an answer to my prayers.”

Alex headshot Miss Rodeo Colorado 2018 Alex Hyland is the 23 year old  daughter of Peter and Nancy Hyland from Windsor, Colorado. Alex competed for the title during the Greeley Stampede and won the categories of Horsemanship, Appearance, and Speech. Alex’s experiences in the agricultural realm include: being active in FFA, 4-H, Colorado High School Rodeo, being raised on a farm, holding the title of the 2012 Rooftop Rodeo Queen and re-starting the Colorado State University - Pueblo rodeo team and serving as its President. A recent college graduate, Alex obtained a degree in Mass Communications and graduated Cum Laude from CSU-Pueblo. 

The Eagle County Fair & Rodeo is excited to welcome Keri and Alex to our event this year.