2021 CPS Rodeo Queens

Category Winners Jr:JRQ 7155 cr300

2021 Jr. Miss Corn Palace Stampede:  Samantha Ford

1st Runner Up:  Avery Miller

2nd Runner Up:  Kallie Volk

Photogenic:  Avery Miller

Horsemanship:  Samantha Ford

Overall Miss Congeniality:  Avery Miller




Category Winners Sr:SRQ 7149 cr300

2021 Miss Corn Palace Stampede:  Callie Mueller

Photogenic:  Callie Mueller

Horsemanship:  Callie Mueller


2021 Queen Sponsors Contact Information

Mitchell Roofing Logo 100Mitchell Roofing & Siding  - 1000 N. Main St. Mitchell, SD 57301 

Phone:  605-996-8648   


Curtis Auctioneering 150


Curtis Auctioneering  -  1330 West Hanson Ave.  Mitchell, SD 57301 

Phone:  605-770-1187 



L.O. Imijri Photograhy & Design  - Mitchell, SD 57301 


Other Queen Contest Sponsors:

Made by Mollie - Nepstads - Runnings - Envy Hair Salon - Jana Overweg - Two Dreams Boutique - Buckin' Belle's Boutique - Prestige Hair Salon - Abby Young - Iverson Chrysler Center - Amanada Radke - Farm Bureau Insurance - Rocky Niewenhuis - Tailored To You - Tractor Supply Company - Tumbleweed - CCXO - Hello Beautiful 605 - Tickled Pink - Blush Boutique - Double D Western LLC - Blarney's Sports Bar - DWU

Queen Contest Information

Please Read Rules & Guidelines

"Print" & "Complete" Application & Waiver 

Mail With $50.00 Entry Fee by June 1st, 2021

**  Forms Can Be Printed or Emailed by clicking on the Small Pink Drop Down Box below (right side) , then click on Print or Email Icon **

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Corn Palace Stampede Queen Contest

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Mitchell, SD

Application - Please Print      Divisions:  Senior (18-24)  Junior (13-17)  Based on age as of January 1, 2021

Name:_________________________________     Birthdate:______________

Age (as of January 1, 2021):_______________     Division:_______________


Email:_________________________________     Phone:________________

Parents Name:__________________________     Phone:________________

Sponsor's Name:_________________________________________________

Seniors and Junior contestants - Please submit a 150-word bio, short arena bio, a formal one-page resume, a script for your Western Glamour dress and Fashion Forward to be read while modeling, and 8x10 western glamour headshot in color, and a $50.00 entry fee (checks payable to Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo)


Due Date:  June 1, 2021

Send form and all information to:

Penny Tilton     26176 396th Ave.     Mt. Vernon, SD 57363

Phone:  605-999-6659     Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 





Corn Palace Stampede Queen Contest

Waiver of Liability

In consideration of my application being accepted (and me or my helpers being permitted to engage in the above event shall be deemed to be an acceptance thereof), I hereby for myself, my executors, administrators & assigns & my helpers agree to abide by all rules & regulations pertaining to the event.  I and they assume all liability and responsibility for any loss, accident, or injury whether as management, in any performance or parade or while in, on or about the premises.  I further agree to indemnify your committee and management from and against any loss or damage sustained by you by reason of any claims made by any of my helpers or their executors, administrator, or assigns.  Also, I hereby release the right, title, and claim of any photographs that may be given to or taken by the management for their further use.  I certify that I know rodeo is a risky sport and I can be injured while taking part and that I know the rules of the Corn Palace Stampede Queen Contest and agree to abide by them.

The Undersigned have read the foregoing waiver of liability and carefully and fully understand the meaning and effect of it.

Dated this ___________Day of___________________ 2021.

Signature of Contestant_______________________________________________


Telephone Number_______________________Birthdate_____________________

Signature of Parent___________________________________________________

On this ___________Day of_________________ 2021, before me personally appeared

________________________________________ to me known to be the person who executed this foregoing release and acknowledged that they signed same as this free act and deed.

My Commission Expires:






(notary public)


Corn Palace Stampede Queen Contest

Official Rules & Regulations

Contestant Eligibility:

  • A contestant must be a citizen of the United States of America & a legal resident of the state of South Dakota.
  • A contestant must not be a parent and/or pregnant, married, engaged, or divorced.
  • A Jr. Queen contestant must be at least 13 years of age by January 1st, 2021 and shall not have reached the age of 18 by January 1st, 2021.
  • A Sr. Queen contestant must be at least 18 years of age by July 1st, 2021 and shall not have reached the age of 24 by January 1st, 2021.

Entry Procedure:

  • Each contestant must complete an official Corn Palace Stampede Queen Contest application.
  • Each contestant must sign the Waiver of Liability.  If the contestant is less than 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must sign the Waiver as well.
  • The registration fee is $50.00 per contestant, which will include (some) meals & beverages throughout the Queen Contest.
  • The entry deadline is June 1st, 2021.  There will be an additional charge of $15.00 if your entry is late but no applications will be accepted after July 1st, 2021.

Determination of Winners:

  • The Contestant with the highest overall combined total score in each age division will be crowned Jr. Queen & Queen, respectively.
  • The Contestant with second highest overall combined total score in each age division will be crowned First Runner Up. 

Judging Guidelines


Check-In:  At the arena with the Queen Coordinator.  After check-in, Senior Contestants should not have any further contact with their parents.  Parents should be seated in the grandstands and audience to observe.  juniors and Princesses may have contact with their parents for clothing changes and travel to events, but parents should otherwise be in the grandstands or the audience.

Photogenic Photoshoot:  After checking-in, you will go to a private photoshoot.  You must pose yourself to your best advantage.  The photographer will not help you.  You will have a standing photo, a sitting photo, and an action/fun photo.  Two of each of these photos will be printed by photographer for judging.

Horsemanship:  You may begin warming up your horse at 7:00 a.m. in the arena.  Check-in and photogenic will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Horsemanship will begin at 8:30 a.m.  You will bring your own horse for the first pattern.  A set pattern will be emailed to you.  For Senior Contestants, your second pattern will be completed on a provided horse rather than your own.  This pattern will not be revealed until this round.  Because many of our queens are asked to ride stock contractor or other borrowed horses during their reign, it is important that the judges are able to see you ride a horse other than your own.  Senior and junior Contestants may also be asked to dismount and mount your horse, carry a flag, and/or do additional pattern work at the discretion of the judges.  You may use western tack of your choice, but it will be checked by the judges.  They prefer to follow AQHA reining guidelines.  You must use split reins.  No riding two-handed.  Spurs are optional.  As horsemanship skills are a big part of rodeo and the equine industry, in-depth horsemanship questions will be asked following both patterns.

Welcome & Introductions:  Be prepared to Briefly introduce yourself and your guest in attendance (Example:  "Hello, my name is Jane Doe.  I am an 18-year-old senior contestant from Deadwood, SD.  With me today are my parents, Johan and Jean.")  Each age group will then model their Fashion Forward outfit individually while their short bio is read.  You will then answer 2 questions out of a draw.  At the conclusion of your group, you will model through the crowd and line up for photos.  Your group will then be excused to go change into your Western Glamour Outfit.

Modeling & Impromptu Speech:  You will model individually while your dress description is being read.  You will then give your impromptu speech on a topic which was given to you prior to modeling.  You will not have a time limit but judges will score accordingly for a short talk less than one minute.  Typically, your speech should be 1.5-2.5 minutes.  At the conclusion of your group, you will model through the crowd and line up for photos.  Your group will then be excused to go change into your Interview Outfit. 

Personal Interview:  Personal interviews will be conducted individually in private with the judges.  12 minutes for senior contestants, 8 minutes for junior contestants.  These times are subject to change at judges' discretion.

Public Media Interview:  Each contestant will go in Front of the judges and audience individually; the other contestants will be secluded in a room off stage.  you will be asked 3-4 questions by the Judges.  Then, you will be seated, and the next contestant will come out and answer the same questions.  you should be well-versed on the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo, general rodeo knowledge, and general SD knowledge.  At the conclusion of all age group contestant interviews, you will all model through the crowd and line up for photos as a group.

Written Test:  All Jr. Queen & Sr. Queen Contestants will be taking a written test.  The question on the test are factual questions that might include horse care, knowledge of tack, disease anatomy, knowledge of professional rodeo, rodeo terminology, & world standings.

Coronation:  Be horseback on your own horse at the arena on Thursday, July 15th, at approximately 6:00 p.m. 

Contestant Checklist

Senior Contestants (18-24 years of age as of January 1, 2021):

__________ 150-word bio

__________ Short arena bio

__________ Formal Resume

__________ Modeling script for Western Glamour dress

__________ Modeling script for Fashion Forward outfit

__________ 8x10 color headshot

__________ Entry fee $50.00

__________ Submitted by June 1, 2021


Junior Contestant (13-17 years of age as of January 1, 2021):

__________ 150-word bio

__________ Short arena bio

__________ Formal Resume

__________ Modeling script for Western Glamour dress

__________ Modeling script for Fashion Forward outfit

__________ 8x10 color headshot

__________ Entry fee $50.00

__________ Submitted by June 1, 2021  

Contest Information - Clothing


  • Check-in
  • Orientation
  • Photogenic
  • Horsemanship
  • This outfit should include a blouse and jeans of your chosen color, western boots, western hat, and western belt with belt buckle as appropriate for arena and horsemanship.

Fashion Forward:

  • Welcome Introduction
  • Modeling
  • 2 Impromptu questions
  • This outfit is a trendy and fun outfit.  It must have at least cap sleeves or longer, skirt/dress no shorter than 3" above knees or leggings/slacks, western boots, western hat, western belt with buckle.

Western Glamour:

  • Modeling 
  • Impromptu speech
  • This is a long formal "western" dress, western boots, western hat, western belt with buckle.


  • Public Media Interview
  • Personal interview
  • This outfit should be interview appropriate (suit jacket and slacks or skirt) with western hat and western boots.


  • Coronation - you will be mounted on your horse.
  • Area blouse and jeans of your choice or your horsemanship outfit.