Three rodeo queen candidates entered the arena with their horses shortly before the first day of the 93rd Annual Sidney Iowa Championship Rodeo began Aug. 2 in Sidney, Iowa.
Paige Pauley 21, of Honey Creek, Iowa, was crowned the 2016 Miss Sidney Iowa Rodeo queen. The other two queen candidates were Bailey Wilson, 19, of Hamburg, Iowa, and Shelby Kinman, 21, of Clarinda, Iowa. Bailey was the first runner-up for queen and also earned prizes for being the winner in the Speech category during the competition. Kinman was the second runner-up for queen and earned prizes for being the winner in the People’s Choice and Miss Congeniality categories.
It was a tough race to determine winners because all of the contestants had competed well.
Wilson, who is the daughter of Marlowe and Krista Wilson, is well-versed when it comes to the Sidney rodeo because she has previously competed in the Fremont County 4-H Horse Show for eight years, has been giving horse riding lessons in the area, was a counselor at the Waubonsie Horse Camp, was a member of the Two-County Dusters Drill Team for six years, has volunteered at the Fremont County 4-H Horse Show and has helped at the high school rodeos and roping competitions at Sidney’s rodeo grounds. She is also a 2015 Sidney High School graduate.
“There have been and currently are many hard-working individuals that put a lot of effort into making the Sidney, Iowa, rodeo as great as it is,” she said. “I would be honored to represent these hard-working individuals, as well as the history and tradition of the Sidney, Iowa, rodeo.”
If Wilson would’ve been chosen as this year’s queen, she would’ve strived to be a role model for youth just as the queens before had been for her.
This past year, Wilson volunteered at Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy in Gretna.
She has completed her first year of college in the nursing program at Clarkson College in Omaha, and aims to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
In her spare time, she likes to paint, be active in her community, ride horses and do outdoor activities.
Kinman, who is the daughter of Jason and Cheri Wittmuss and Terry and Lisa Kinman, also has roots with the Sidney rodeo.
She joined the Two-County Dusters in 2008 and remembers fondly about performing every night during rodeo week.
“It was truly an honor to represent America with our patriotic-themed performance and being part of the Sidney rodeo,” she said.
Kinman also ran sponsor flags after rodeo events, which is a celebratory lap around the arena in honor of the cowboy or cowgirl who had won the events each evening. Competing for the chance to be the queen has been a passion of hers since she joined the Two-County Dusters.  
“The atmosphere of the competition, the excitement of the ride, the realness of the rodeo inspired me,” she said.