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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, 2022 and shall not have reached the age of 18 by January 1st, 2022.

*        A Sr. Queen contestant must be at least 18 years of age by January 1st, 2022 and shall not have reached the age of 24 by January 1st, 2022.


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 15th, 2022. 


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. 




 Corn Palace Stampede Queen Contest Judging Guidelines

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 may have contact with their parents for clothing changes and travel to events, but parents should otherwise be in the grandstands or the audience.

Photogenics Photoshoot:. Your submitted head shot will be judged for photogenics.

Horsemanship: You may begin warming up your horse at 7 am in the arena. Check-in will begin at 8 am. Horsemanship will begin at 8:30 am. 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 guests 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, John 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 14th, at approximately 6pm. 

Corn Palace Stampede Queen Contest

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Mitchell, SD

 Application- Please Print

 Divisions: Senior (18-24) Junior (13-17)

 Based on age as of January 1, 2022

Name:­­­­___________________         Birthdate:__________

Age(as of January 1, 2022):__________ Division:____________


Email:__________________________   Phone:_______________

Parent’s Name:_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _       Phone:_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _

Sponsor 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,  an 8x10 western glamour head-shot in color, and a $50.00 entry free (checks payable to Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo)

Due Date: June 15, 2022

Send form and all info to:

Penny Tilton

26176 396th Ave

Mt. Vernon, SD 57363


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Corn Palace Stampede Queen Contestant Checklist

Senior Contestants (18-24 years of age as of January 1, 2022):

________ 150 word bio

________ Short arena bio

________ Formal Resume

________ Modeling script for Western Glamour dress

________ Modeling script for Fashion Forward outfit

________ 8x10 color head-shot

________ Entry fee $50.00

________ Submitted by June 15, 2022

Junior Contestant (13-17 years of age as of January 1, 2022):

_______ 150 word bio

_______ Short arena bio

_______ Formal Resume

_______ Modeling script for Western Glamour dress

_______ Modeling script for Fashion Forward outfit

_______ 8x10 color head-shot

_______ Entry fee $50.00

_______ Submitted by June 15, 2022











Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Queen Contest

July 14, 2022

Mitchell, SD

Contest Information:



  • Check-in
  • Orientation
  • 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







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 ______________________ 2022

Signature of Contestant __________________________________________________________________

Address _________________________________________________________________________________

Telephone Number: __________________________________ Birthdate: _________________________

Signature of Parent: ______________________________________________________________________

On this _________ Day of __________________ 2022, before me personally appeared

___________________________ to me known to be the person who executed this foregoing

release and acknowledged that they signed same as their free act and deed.

My Commission Expires:

_______________________                                      ______________________________________________

                                                                                                                        (notary public) 

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2021 CPS Rodeo Queens


Category Winners Junior DivisionIMG 7155 cr tn

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 Senior DivisionIMG 7149 cr tn

2021 Miss Corn Palace Stampede:  Callie Mueller

Photogenic:  Callie Mueller

Horsemanship:  Callie Mueller


2021 Queen Sponsor's Contact Information

Curtis Auctioneering 150Curtis Auctioneering - 1330 W. Hanson Ave. Mitchell, SD 

Phone:  605-770-1187



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

Phone:  605-996-8648



L O Imijri Photography Design

L.O. Imijri Photography & Design - 520 N. Sanborn Blvd.  Mitchell, SD

Phone:  605-770-4699



Other Queen Contest Sponsors:


NB Locks of Gold - Abbie Young/Prestige - Hello Beautiful 605 - Mollie Marie Earrings - Nepstad's - CCXO - Envy Salon/Jana Overweg - Blush Boutique - Mistified Massage LLC - SoDak Nutrition - Dakota Wesleyan University - Iverson Chrysler - Double D Western Wear - Easton Performance Horses - Runnings - B. Graceful Beauty - Beth Kujala - Moody's Western Wear - Circle J Ranch - Rodeo Ready Photography - Blarney's - Marco's Pizza - Tumbleweed - Farm Life Creamery - Amanda Radke - Tailored 2 U - JB Screen Printing - Tickled Pink - C-B Leather - Q Jewelry - Classic Equine


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