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‘Princess for a day’ contest entries accepted

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Girls between the ages of eight and 12 have an opportunity to find out what it’s like to be Stampede royalty.

The Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede’s Queen Committee is continuing with its “Princess for a Day” contest for the fourth year in a row.
Girls can enter using the official entry form online at or at the Medicine Hat News. On April 12, two winners will be drawn who get to spend April 20th  with current Stampede royalty Queen Maddy Knodel and Princess Ashley Abbott as part of the Broncs and Honky Tonks Spring Indoor Rodeo.
“We’ve had overwhelming response,” says Donna Kirchner, Queen chairman, about the contest.
There were close to 150 entries last year in the contest and every year the number of entrants continues to grow.
The Stampede royalty also embrace the chance to spend the day with young girls and show them the ropes of being a rodeo queen and princess.
The two winners get the chance to be involved in some radio interviews prior to the Broncs and Honky Tonks Spring Indoor Rodeo weekend in order to help promote the event. Then on April 20, they will be chauffeured around by Ebel’s Limousine taking part in various events. They’ll even help the royalty prepare their horses for their rodeo entrance.
The winners will have the chance to have a professional photograph taken by Katherine Walker Photography and they’ll receive other prizes as well.
The contest first started at the suggestion of past royalty four years ago.
“They thought it would be a cool way to share their experience with girls in the community,” explains Kirchner.
Current Queen Maddy Knodel and Princess Ashley Abbott are excited to be mentors this year to the contest winners.
“It’s exciting as we’re getting things lined up,” says Kirchner. “It’s a lot of fun for the current queen and princess to spend that day with the young girls.”

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