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Samantha Henricks of Grants Pass earned 2020 crown at Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo

COURTESY PHOTO: JEFF WONG - Current Miss Rodeo Oregon Taylor Skramstad crowns Samantha Henricks as the 2020 Miss Rodeo Oregon at the Canby Rodeo on Saturday, Aug. 17. From left are: Miss Teen Rodeo Oregon 2019 Meredith Moore, Junior Miss Rodeo Oregon 2019 Rowdy Israel, Henricks and Skramstad, and Miss Rodeo Alaska 2019 Johnna Drew.COURTESY PHOTO: JEFF WONG - Samantha Henricks, aka Sam, is Miss Rodeo Oregon 2020. She poses here at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby.

She may have been the only contestant in the running, but Samantha Henricks still had to earn a high score to become the next Miss Rodeo Oregon. She did just that and was crowned on Saturday, Aug. 17 at the Canby Rodeo.

The 23-year-old from Grants Pass returned to the pageant this year for the second time, and her perseverance and determination paid off.

"Being crowned 2020 Miss Rodeo Oregon is an honor," she said. "This has been a goal of mine for quite some time and honestly, I do not think it has totally set in yet. I am the first ever to wear the crown from the Rogue Valley, so bringing that home is really special to me."

The crowning followed a multiple-day pageant hosted at the Clackamas County Fair and Canby Rodeo Aug. 13-17.

"Pageant went really well for me," Henricks said. "The judges and MRO Board made me feel really comfortable and I think that allowed me to be myself throughout the weekend. I also really enjoy the Canby Rodeo; they are an exceptional host for the MRO Pageant!

"My favorite part of pageant was the horsemanship portion and riding in the rodeo performances," she added. "I feel the most 'at home' when I am on a horse."

Henricks is now the lady in waiting as Taylor Skramstad of Umapine will finish out the 2019 year and will represent Oregon in the 2020 Miss Rodeo America pageant in December.

Then Henricks will reign as Miss Rodeo Oregon beginning in January of 2020 and concluding in December 2020 when she'll get her chance to compete for Miss Rodeo America.

Kristen Wohlers
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