The Lady Waits No More - Tara Trask's official crowning as Miss Rodeo SD 2008 done in Philip
Inside Philip's festively-decorated Steakhouse and Lounge Saturday night, Wall's Tara Trask accepted the crown as Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2008 from Lacey Cole, Miss Rodeo South Dakota 2007.
Trask becomes the fourth from Wall to wear the crown, the second in three years. Sorrel McKay won the crown in 2006. Previous to her, Wall's Angela Kammerer Lytle wore the crown in 1987 and Kelly Ruland Kjerstad in 1982.
A crowd of nearly 200 attended the 2008 MRSD coronation/auction, MRSD's single largest fundraiser of the year. Thousands of dollars were raised to support Miss Rodeo South Dakota that night.
"I've waited for this moment a long time," the 22-year-old Trask told the cowboy/cowgirl-dominated gathering that included her parents, Tracy and Marli Trask, Wall, sister Tiffany, other relatives, many friends, and assorted well-wishers for near and far. "This is a dream come true."
Trask, who will graduate South Dakota State University in the spring with a speech communications major, was named the 2008 Miss Rodeo South Dakota Lady-in-Waiting last July 4th during the final performance of the Black Hills Roundup PRCA Rodeo at Belle Fourche.
"Tara, you will do a good job," Cole said prior to relinquishing the crown. "You will experience every emotion imaginable. It's a tough job, but you will handle it well."
Trask's reign as MRSD 2008 begins immediately with travel to the Denver Stock Show, followed by the Black Hills Stock Show. She will represent South Dakota and it's number one sport, rodeo, at over 30 events this coming year, culminating with participation in the Miss Rodeo America pageant at Las Vegas in December.
"You're whirlwind is just starting," advised Cole, a Top 10 Miss Rodeo America finalist last month at Las Vegas and winner of that competition's scrapbook award. "Don't let anyone get you down. Mostly, have fun."
MRSD pageant director, Denise Ternes, Belle Fourche, introduced Trask, the state's only three-time Miss South Dakota High School Rodeo Queen. "We have watched Tara grow into a lovely young lady who is passionate about representing our state and state sport," said Ternes.
Wearing a two-piece, red leather A-line floor-length skirt with a sweetheart neck trimmed in stars and red cowboy boots, Trask literally sparkled during her acceptance speech. "I want to thank my mom, Marli. She's agreed to be my personal secretary for the next year," Trask began. "I'm not sure she knows what all that entails. And my dad, Tracy. And by big