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.
Meagan Harris – Queen
Following her big sisters’ lead, Meagan has been participating in gymkhana and junior rodeos since the age of 5. During her high school rodeo career, she was the 2016 Pole Bending Champion and qualified twice for the National High School Rodeo in Barrel Racing. She continues her rodeo career as a Montana Grizzly while pursuing her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education.
Meagan looks forward to working with the community to make the Missoula Stampede and Rodeo an event to look forward to year round. She grew up in Florence with parents Monte and Julie Harris and three supportive siblings. All have worked in some capacity with the Western Montana Fair at various points in time. Meagan feels fortunate to have grown up around horses her whole life and is excited to do her part to continue promoting our western heritage, in her role as Missoula Stampede Rodeo Queen.
Dakoda Hankinson – Princess
Dakoda loves the opportunity that serving as Royalty Princess gives to interact and be a role model to younger girls. While participating in Ravalli County horse competitions, she brought home many awards. She also served as the 2014 Miss Ravalli County Rodeo Princess.
Her hobbies include studying sign language, going on mission trips and serving the homeless population. Dakoda will be organizing a spring clinic at the Fairgrounds for girls to have fun and learn what rodeo royalty pageants are all about, with the help of her mom and other rodeo royalty.
Taryn Craun – Jr. Little Miss
An energetic 6 year old with an infectious smile, Taryn says she loves being a cowgirl, taking care of her horse, and going to rodeos. She has already achieved her orange belt in Taekwondo and was recognized as one of the kindest students in her graduating kindergarten class. When she’s not riding her horse, or practicing taekwondo, she enjoys fishing and baseball.