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North Dakota Miss Rodeo sendoff

By Bryan Horwath on Jan 2, 2014 at 10:26pm

The temperature promises to be cold Saturday, but a warm sendoff will take place in Bowman.

Dubbed the “Dust to Diamonds Coronation and Fundraiser,” an open-to-the-public event signaling the official start to Codi Miller’s reign as Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2014 is set to begin with a social and silent auction at 5:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Pavilion.

Named the state’s new Miss Rodeo in October of last year, Miller, an Amidon resident, leaves Monday for Denver, where she will begin a string of appearances that will take her not just around the state, but all over the nation as well.

In all, Miller said she is prepping for about 100 appearances as Miss Rodeo and figures to travel about 30,000 miles over the course of the next year.

“It’s going to be a very fun night,” Miller said. “There will be a coronation program, a dance, a roast beef dinner, and there will be what we’re calling a drag race, which might feature some men dressed up in dresses. Along with the silent auction, it should be a great night.”

Miller said the drag race will feature “little girly” stick horses that she decorated herself. Rumor has it that her brother, Joe, may even participate.

“I remember when I was a high school rodeo queen,” Miller said. “I told everybody that if I ever was named Miss Rodeo North Dakota, there would be men in dresses. It’s open to the public and anybody can come. A lot of the costs I incur come out of my own pocket so, of course, anything we raise is much appreciated.”

A graduate of Bowman County High School, Miller completed a hospitality and tourism degree at Black Hills State University and works as an event coordinator for the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame. Daughter to Gary and Stacey Miller, Codi spent her childhood traveling form rodeo to rodeo when she wasn’t at her parents’ ranch or at school.

Also featuring an NRA “Wall of Guns,” the event Saturday costs $12 for adults and $6 for children with admission charged at the door.

“I’ll be down at the National Western Stock Show for about 20 days,” Miller said. “We’ll be at PBR and PRCA events and school functions, so we’ll be very busy down there. After that, I’ll be off to the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo, which begins on Jan. 31.”

With nearly three months to prepare for her yearlong gig, Miller said she’s ready to roll.

“It’s going to be a hectic schedule, but I’m ready,” Miller said. “This is something I’ve been planning for a long time and I’m glad it’s almost here. About two-thirds of the states have rodeo queens, so we’ll have a big group at these events and we’ve gotten to know each other a little and become friends. It should be a lot of fun. I’m proud to be able to represent North Dakota and carry on the great rodeo tradition that we have.” ___

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