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Zoe Bean Competing For Rodeo Crown

Posted 1/25/2018

ZOE Bean of Halstead is a contestant for the Miss Rodeo K-State.ZOE Bean of Halstead is a contestant for the Miss Rodeo K-State.By Pilar Martin

HALSTEAD—Zoe Bean is vying for the title of Miss Rodeo K-State. Bean is the 19-year-old daughter of Charles and Jennifer Bean from Halstead. She is a sophomore at K-State studying Animal Science and Industry.

Bean is a member of the K-State chapter of the National Collegiate Rodeo Association. The K-State chapter actually puts on a rodeo and the pageant for Miss Rodeo K-State.

The rodeo and pageant will be held Feb. 16-17 in Manhattan, Kansas. The crowning of Miss Rodeo K-State takes place on the night of Feb. 17.

Zoe said the pageant contest consists of several different parts.

“We are judged on our horsemanship—that is, handling horses, riding and a general knowledge of horses,” she said. “There is a really intense interview and we have to give a three-to-four minute memorized speech on what purple means to us. We will be judged on modeling outfits from out sponsors. And there is also a written exam.”

She has been busy getting sponsors and selling raffle tickets, which help pay for the pageant and rodeo.

The winner will receive a $500 scholarship.

“Whoever wins will have some appearances she will have to do,” Bean said. “There is the Wild Bill Hickock Rodeo and some others. There are also parade appearances. One thing last year’s winner did was go and talk to elementary students about what rodeo is all about.  Rodeo is not just about showing horses; it’s about family.”

Bean is a 2016 graduate of Halstead High School.