Applications are due Jan. 2 to compete in the Lost Dutchman Days rodeo royalty pageant in one of four age areas: Queen (18-26), Sr. Teen Queen (14-17), Jr. Teen Queen (10-13) and new Little Miss (5-9).
Five young ladies — fulfilling the titles of Queen, Sr. Teen Queen, Jr. Teen Queen and two as Little Miss LDD — are needed who have the desire and enthusiasm to serve for one year as a representative for Lost Dutchman Days Rodeo Committee and the city of Apache Junction.
The competition is Saturday, Jan. 7, with horsemanship at the Apache Junction Rodeo Grounds, 1590 E. Lost Dutchman Blvd.; and speech, modeling and interviews at the Apache Junction Elks Lodge, 2455 N. Apache Trail.
There is a $30 application fee for queen, senior teen and junior teen queen; and a $15 application fee for little miss. Little Miss Lost Dutchman Days will not be on horseback.
The application and information is at lostdutchmandays.org/lost-dutchman-days-royalty. Any questions can be directed to Heidi Erickson, Lost Dutchman Days rodeo royalty director, at 480-603-6819 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2023 queen, senior queen and junior queen will remain “in waiting” until the 2022 LDD royalty steps down at the crowning ceremony at the 2023 LDD Sunday pre-rodeo ceremony. At that time, the queens will be presented as the 2023 Royalty Court and they will be so introduced and do the national flag presentation. The little miss LDD queens will immediately take on their title for 2023.
The 2023 Lost Dutchman Days rodeo is Feb. 24-26.