The original Missoula Stampede Rodeo Royalty pageant was held in 1983, although under a different title name. It was in 2008 that the title was changed to reflect the history of the Missoula Stampede that was found among fair archives.
Each August, young ladies vie for the title of Missoula Stampede Rodeo Queen, Princess, Little Miss and Jr. Little Miss during the Western Montana Fair and Rodeo. The rodeo royalty court promotes the Western Montana Fair and Missoula Stampede Rodeo throughout its reign, making appearances across the state at festivals, parades, businesses, rodeos and special events.
Emalee Ratliff – Queen
Mckenzie Culver – Queen 1st Attendant
Abby Riska – Princess
Rayah Nelson– Little Miss
Rayah Nelson is the youngest of 5 siblings. She and her horse, Royal, enjoy competing in Omoksees, CMR obstacle challenges and Buckle Shows. In 2016 they won the Omoksee Buckle for age 9 and under and also were high point leader competing in the age 10 – 13 level. At home, Rayah enjoys baking, knitting, reading and teaching her dog, Bear, new tricks. Rayah attends Target Range school and also plays hockey on the Missoula Bruins PeeWee travel team.
Riley Bagley– Jr. Little Miss