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Rodeo queens aim to promote ag life

For their Abilene appearance Tuesday, the young women were decked out in tiaras and jewelry, but they got their start mucking stalls.
Long before her reign as Miss Rodeo K-State, Danielle Stuerman was

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Rodeo queens aim to promote ag life


For their Abilene appearance Tuesday, the young women were decked out in tiaras and jewelry, but they got their start mucking stalls.
Long before her reign as Miss Rodeo K-State, Danielle Stuerman was

Life of a queen


While they get to wear plenty of western-style bling and are greeted each day with the flash of a camera, that doesn’t mean being a queen is all ease and glamour.
This year’s Miss America

Cross-county walk brings woman to Abilene


With her reflective vest, minimal gear and black workpants, she looked more like a highway construction worker in between sites than a woman trekking the nation.
She wore no sign as she walked on Old

Coat worn by Hickok foe Phil Coe briefly returns to Abilene


Marilyn Pense has been intrigued by her family history since her 20s.
A coat worn by her great great-uncle ignited her passion to uncover the past.
Her great great-uncle, Phil Coe, owned the coat until

Houser to break tradition for parade


After 50 years of broadcasting the Central Kansas Free Fair parade, a local radio announcer will break tradition.
Gary Houser was reluctant to halt his five-decade streak, but his wife was able to sway

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Saddleback rider grew up in Abilene


LOVELAND, Colo. — Professional rodeo cowboys travel all over the country and beyond to participate in their beloved sport.
Keegan Knox, an Abilene native, lives in Loveland, Colo. and usually travels

McDonald to fight bulls at Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo


The son of a local businessman will get his shot at being in the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo this week.
Ethan McDonald, son of John and Mary McDonald owners of Rawhide Portable Corrals, will not ride in the

Shelby Bryant to race barrels Saturday night


With high school behind her Dodge City Community College freshman, Shelby Bryant will take to the rodeo arena Saturday night aboard Timmy.
Shelby, the middle of three sisters, will be making her third

Kylie Bryant to ride Mickey in Abilene Rodeo


HOPE - A Dickinson County treasure will make it’s 13th consecutive entrance in the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo Friday night.
Mickey, the Bryant family horse, will be a contestant again in the 69th annual

Snider appreciates chance to fulfill dream


ENTERPRISE — A young mother of two returns for her third time as a member of the Bankes Barrel Racing Team for the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo.
Afton Snider, Enterprise, will ride her horse Jill, Thursday

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