Miss Rodeo Arizona is not only a representative of her state but also that of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and that of our Western Heritage. She will travel about 50,000 miles during her rein helping to promote the sport of rodeo!
The Miss Rodeo Arizona Pageant is now in its 27th year. Originally there was no specific Miss Rodeo Arizona pageant. Whoever was crowned queen at the "Rodeo of Rodeos" was supported through the Phoenix Jaycees to represent Arizona at the Miss Rodeo America pageant and the very first MRAZ was Karen Womack Vold in 1958. The annual state pageant began in 1983 when interested parties felt it was to the benefit of the rodeo committees around the state that a fair and impartial competition be held to select a queen who could represent all of the committees throughout Arizona. The winner would then be the state entry in the Miss Rodeo America pageant that year.
As the first lady of rodeo in Arizona, Miss Rodeo Arizona promotes rodeo and the western way of life. Although participation in rodeos and various queen pageants is her primary focus, Miss Rodeo Arizona also visits schools, hospitals, senior centers and other places. This enables her to share her experiences and love of rodeo and the western lifestyle with many different people, as well as potentially touch their lives in a special way.