The 2022 Methow Valley Rodeo Royalty Coronation was held at the Bear Creek Golf Course on Oct. 16 and was attended by about 125 guests. It took place in an incredible venue looking out across the valley toward the Cascade Mountains. The barbecue dinner was followed by a silent auction with a variety of items and a live dessert auction where competition was hot and lively. Zac Ferrill, grandson of Claude Miller who was one of the original rodeo horsemen, was the awesome auctioneer.
Ayla McDonald was crowned queen at the event by outgoing queen Jadyn Mitchell, and McKenzie Sheppard was crowned princess by outgoing princess Elizabeth Clark.
Ayla is a junior and a Running Start Student in Bellingham. She is a full-time summer resident of the valley and lives with her grandma, Lynn Clark, retired teacher and high mountain cook. She has worked for Debbi “Red” Schrock for the past five years as a wrangler at Sun Mountain and is a member of the North Cascade Wild Riders 4-H club.
McKenzie is a freshman at Liberty Bell High School. She moved to the Methow Valley last year from Leavenworth with her parents — Harlan, Avalanche Forecaster and Control Specialist with Washington State Department of Highways, and Angelyn Sheppard, who is the coordinator for 4-H at the WSU extension office in Okanogan, and little brother Logan. McKenzie is also a member of the North Cascade Wild Riders 4-H club.
Both of the girls would like to thank the many people who supported them in making this event so successful. First, and always, our families: Leah Clark and Harlan and Angelyn Sheppard. We would also like to thank Bart, Sue and Rick Northcott for donating the beautiful venue and barbecuing the meat for our dinner. Special thanks to Hank’s Harvest Foods, Karen’s Family Salon and the Twisp Feed Store for supporting us with items needed for the event. It’s hard to name all who helped but this event would not have happened without the hard work of “Hootie” Clark who owns Bear Creek Equestrian.
We hope to see you all at our Memorial Day and Labor Day Rodeos!
Lynn Clark, Angelyn Sheppard
Methow Valley Rodeo
What about civility, honesty?
I am upset by the divisiveness of our elected politicians. When did it become OK to participate in offensive language, even if it is implied? I am speaking of the hats that elected officials wear with the slur toward President Biden, “Let’s go Brandon.” If our elected officials can’t behave like honorable adults, vote them out right now! We cannot expect to have a civil society when we condone name-calling, false narratives and hate speech. America, wake up!
Also, if our officials are making themselves rich while in office, then that is wrong. They should have their finances transparent to the people they represent. Get corporate money out of politics.
Elected officials should represent all of the people in their district, not just those of their affiliated party. Let’s bring back honesty and civil service to our nation. Soon we will be known as The States, not the United States.
Thanks to all my friends who sent me cards to celebrate my 90th birthday. The cards were much appreciated and brought back many fond memories. You are a great bunch of people. Love,