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Woman to lead rodeo committee for first time | Preston Citizen

Woman to lead rodeo committee for first time

November 21, 2012
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By NECIA P. SEAMONS

Citizen staff writer

For the first time in its 76-year history the committee that plans That Famous Preston Night Rodeo is headed by a woman. Kris Beckstead has been involved with the rodeo for almost 35 years: nine years as a committee member and 25 years as a committee members’ wife. She has even been the rodeo’s queen, roping in that title in 1969.

”I was 16 and yes, it’s true,” she chuckled. “It’s so fun. I love it. It’s my favorite thing I’ve been involved with in the community.”

Despite the new title, Beckstead says her responsibilities won’t change much from what they have been the last five years, during which time Thane Winward has been the committee chairman.

Now she will collect the mail and call the meetings, but she’ll continue taking care of her share of the work that goes into the annual event.

The same goes for Winward and the five other committee members: Doug Webb, Cheryl Coats, Bruce Coburn, Nick Wamsley and Richard Swainston, she said.

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