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The Oklahoma ‘89er Days Celebration is just months away with the dates of April 14-18, 2020. The search for a successor for 2019 Queen Rebeka Breger, of Cashion, and 2019 Princess Halle Barker, of Jones, will happen on December 14 and 15 in Edmond and in Guthrie. The competition will take place on Saturday December 14 at Silver Wind Stables at Windy Meadows, 24412 N. May in Edmond starting at 9 a.m. This will be the fourth year in a row that the event has been hosted by the staff at Silver Wind Stables. The competition is rain or shine as the arena is enclosed. The December 15 competition will be at the American Legion Hall in Guthrie where the candidates will give speeches and answer onstage questions in a public setting and model their rodeo outfits. Details on the luncheon will be made available after all the registrations are turned in. 

The selection committee will be looking for young horsewomen to take part in the competition for next year’s Queen and Princess to reign over the event.  The Queen is chosen from young women aged 15 to 22 and a Princess must be between the ages of 10 and 15. 

The queen and princess must be available for multiple events throughout the course of the week. Appearances with the Lion’s Club, Rotary Club and television appearances in Oklahoma City are just some of the public appearances that week. Many activities call for promotion of the Celebration. As such, the ‘89er Queen must be able to speak well, field questions from media and others regarding the celebration, have great poise and professional demeanor, as well as exhibit good horsemanship. Week-long activities include speaking briefly at civic clubs, attending the Chuck Wagon Dinner, the Chamber Coffee, the ‘89er Queen’s Breakfast on Saturday morning and leading the Oklahoma ‘89er parade on Saturday. The Committee will work around school commitments and testing schedules.

The young women are judged on horsemanship, being able to speak well, having an appropriate appearance, etiquette, and personality. Contestants will need to wear western attire to the competition and to provide their own horse for horsemanship as well. Patterns will be provided the day of the competition. 

The rules are posted at www.89erdays.com, or request an application packet at carrie.fryar@gmail.com. Download the complete application documents, then sign and submit to the Oklahoma ‘89er Queen Committee c/o Carrie Fryar 424 Quail Drive Guthrie, OK 73044. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Carrie Fryar by email carrie.fryar@gmail.com. The deadline to submit your application is December 10, 2019.

  A Queen has been chosen every year from 1937 to the present. These young women were originally chosen from the local Round-Up Clubs, now the competition is open to all horsewomen. The Oklahoma ‘89er Celebration is blessed that there are still 60 women alive that once held this title. The Queen chosen in 1939, the late Ms. Eddie Lou Pritchett Halsey reminisced about being crowned when she was only 14 and how much fun the girls had back then. In present day, the 1994 Queen Carrie Dennis Fryar chairs the Committee that chooses and works with the Queen and Princess working with several other past Queens to put this competition together. 

The Queens had put together a scrapbook that had photos of all of them throughout these many years but it burned up in a home a few years ago. Now we are asking if anyone might have taken photos that they would willingly share so a new scrapbook might once again be assembled. The photos can now be scanned and also kept “in the cloud” and on the website so everyone can take a glimpse back in time.

The past Queens are always special honorees invited to participate in the parade which a few are happy to do. A group of these women also get together for a Queen’s breakfast and share the camaraderie that has grown throughout the years. 

The Oklahoma ‘89er Celebration committee hopes this tradition is one that will always continue. We hope you will join us this year and cheer on our present and past Queens as these special horsewomen make their way along the parade route through downtown Guthrie on Saturday, April 18, beginning at noon. Visit our website www.89erdays.com for more information.    

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