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Darden chosen Trail Days Queen for 2nd year


It's difficult enough when you are competing for a crown once, but when a young woman is chosen two years in a row to represent her community as it's queen, in this case as Trail Days Queen, it's very special, despite the fact that there were not any other applicants for the honor for a second year in a row.

Brooke Darden, who served as the 2014 Trail Days Queen, will once again represent Pine Bluffs this week during the festivities.

Darden's mother and aunt, Derede Darden and Georgeanne Wearin were both Trail Days Queens, and as Brooke said, she was inspired to become a queen, and is currently working with her aunt to become a future Cheyenne Frontier Days Queen. She said that when she was a young girl she looked up to other queens as role models, and likes that young girls can now look up to her.

She will be a senior at Pine Bluffs High School this fall, but as queen roles go, she hasn't had time to sit back on her laurels this summer, and take it easy. She and her Attendant, Jaclyn Davison, also a senior at PBHS, have been busy representing Trail Days at various parades in Burns, Albin, Grover, Cheyenne, and after Trail Days they will be in Kimball.

Darden's older sister, Dallas, who she says isn't the “queen type”, and her parents and grandparents have been very supportive of the role she has played in Trail Days. Her horse is kept at a cousins house, while the grandparents care for it, and her family has also helped Jaclyn along the way.

The queen and her attendant have also been busy promoting Trail Days, recruiting sponsors for the teenage rodeo, scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., and developing fundraising projects as part of their community service work.

Both of the girls also work for J&J Floors, repairing and refurbishing gymnasium floors, so spare time is a premium.

Jaclyn, who is the daughter of Shawna and Chad Schaffer and Dan Davison, helped Brooke last year during her reign as Trail Days Queen, and decided it was something she would like to be involved in officially. So, when it came time to choose an attendant this year, the choice was easy.

Davison has two younger

siblings, Cami and Dalton Schaffer, that she says are very supportive of her desire to be a part of Trail Days, as well as the rest of her family. Kendra Roder provided Jaclyn a horse to ride in the parades, since her own horse passed on a while back.

When she ism't doing something related to Trail Days, or working, Jaclyn is busy with school activities, Pheasants Forever, and will be president of the Pine Bluffs High School Student Council beginning this fall.

You will be able to see both of the girls tonight, at the Pine Bluffs Historic High School, as Brooke is formally crowned as the 2015 Trail Days Queen, and Jaclyn her attendant. You will also be able to see them once again on Saturday morning, during the adult parade, and again at 1 p.m. for the start of the teenage rodeo. Both Brooke and Jaclyn will be in the grand entrance at the beginning of the rodeo, and will be there to help hand out awards and belt buckles at the end of the event.


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