St. Paul Rodeo queen, princesses selected
The Royal Court of the 2019 St. Paul Rodeo has been selected.
Dessa Coleman of St. Paul has been named 2019 St. Paul Rodeo queen, and Hannah Austin of St. Paul and Caitlin Holmlund of Gresham are princesses.
Coleman is a 2018 graduate of St. Paul High School. She will attend Chemeketa Community College and Oregon State University in the fall, where she plans on earning a marketing degree.
She has never missed a year of the St. Paul Rodeo. As a child she attended with her family, and as she grew up she volunteered with parking cars and concession stand work, as fundraisers for the St. Paul High School booster club and Oregon High School Equestrian Team (OHSET).
"Every year you can feel the excitement build the closer it gets to rodeo time," she said. "I've grown up with it my whole life, and my family is part of it."
Coleman's older sister Kelsey served as a princess for the 2010 rodeo, so she mentored Dessa before the contest.
"She coached me before tryouts," Dessa said. What was the older sister's advice to Dessa? "Be myself."
Hannah Austin, a 2019 graduate of St. Paul High School, has also attended the rodeo every year since she was a young child. Growing up down the street from the arena, she has been walking to the rodeo "ever since I could go by myself or with friends."
She is a member of the Northwest Youth Rodeo Association and participates in barrel racing. She will attend Chemeketa Community College in the fall, studying animal science.
Caitlin Holmlund also has royalty in her family. Her older sister Savannah Storlier is a queen for the Canby Rodeo.
Holmlund is a 2017 graduate of Sam Barlow High School in Gresham and is now a student at Idaho State University, double majoring in nursing and Spanish for health professionals. She is competing on the collegiate rodeo team as a breakaway roper and team roper.
For the Holmlund family every Fourth of July they have found a rodeo to attend, and it was nearly always in St. Paul.
"St. Paul has always been my number one (rodeo)," she said. "It's so lively, it's such a production. It's always been my favorite."
The Royal Court represents the St. Paul Rodeo at various appearances throughout the area, including radio, TV and service organization interviews and parades. They will be on hand at the St. Paul Rodeo to ride in the grand entry and the opening. The queen receives a $1,500 scholarship; princesses receive $1,000 scholarships each.
The St. Paul Rodeo takes place July 2 through 6 in St. Paul. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. each night with fireworks following the show. A July 4 matinee begins at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at StPaulRodeo.com and at the gate. They range in price from $16 to $26. For more information visit the website or call 800-237-5920.
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