Jacki Strand, who studied agriculture at Santa Rosa Junior College and is now a resident of Orland in Butte County, has been crowned Miss Wine Country Rodeo 2014, earning the right to represent Sonoma County Fair statewide at events and taking home a $500 scholarship and commemorative belt buckle.
Strand was selected based on excellent skills in horsemanship, and for her prepared and impromptu public speaking abilities. The competition was held April 5th at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
“The opportunity to represent the Sonoma County Fair and California’s beautiful wine country has been a passion of mine for many years,” says Strand, who was an intern at Sonoma County Farm Bureau. “I’m so excited to become the rodeo representative that this region deserves; filled with confidence, poise, passion and dedication. I’m looking forward to filling the role and sharing the wonders of Sonoma County through the rodeo circuit in California.”
As Rodeo Queen, Strand will preside over the PRCA Rodeo, Farmers Day and other activities at the Sonoma County Fair this summer.
A graduate of Chico State University, Strand holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and an Associate degree from Santa Rosa Junior College. While in school, she participated in the Agricultural Ambassadors program and was a member of the Young Cattlemen’s Association.
She was crowned Queen of the 2013 California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association Pageant and named 1st Runner Up of the Miss Folsom Rodeo and the Miss Wine Country Rodeo in 2012. Her future goals include competing in the Miss Rodeo USA Pageant and pursuing a Master’s degree in Livestock Nutrition leading to a career in the livestock industry. In her spare time, Strand enjoys roping and riding, working as a camp counselor, and participating in NorCal Strength and Conditioning Crossfit competitions.
The Sonoma County Fair extends appreciation to all of the 2014 Miss Wine Country participants, including judges Nancie Carlson, Jack Bingham and Missi Elliot; out-going queen Ondrea Edwards; and contestants Jacki Strand and Kimberley Perez.
Sponsors of the Miss Wine Country Rodeo competition include Petaluma Riding and Driving Club, Wine Country Ranch Equipment, Bev Palm, Petaluma Junior Riding Club, Hunt & Behrens and Cindy Roberts Real Estate.
The 2014 Sonoma County Fair opens July 24 and runs through August 10. The Fair is closed on Mondays. The PRCA Rodeo is scheduled for Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 pm. Farmers’ Day, a celebration of the local agricultural community, will be held Sunday, July 27 at 1:00 pm. Both events are in Chris Beck Arena at Sonoma County Fairgrounds. More information is available at www.sonomacountyfair.com or by calling (707) 545-4200.