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Meet 2012 Williams Rodeo Queen Andreya Apolinar
Andreya Jo Apolinar reads to local schools, engages in community in build-up to the memorial weekend rodeo

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Williams 2012 Rodeo Queen Andreya Jo Apolinar.

Submitted photo<br> Williams 2012 Rodeo Queen Andreya Jo Apolinar.

My name is Andreya Jo Apolinar. I was born on April 4, 1993 in Prescott, Ariz. to Andy and Ronda Apolinar. I was raised in the magnificent state of Arizona with two older brothers, John Robert and Duffy Michael. I enjoy playing softball, taking Jeep rides, and most of all, working with and riding my horses (Drifter, Pinto, Frosty, and Cowboy).

As your 2012 Williams AZ Rodeo Queen, I've had the pleasure of traveling the state of Arizona to help celebrate her 100th birthday. I have been representing the beautiful town of Williams and all of her wonderful community members in rodeos, parades, greeting children at the Polar Express, dutch oven cook-off's, service organizations, at the state's capitol, and other events.

Recently, I was awarded the great opportunity of meeting and reading a story about cowboy camp to children at some of the local schools. They had so many questions for me about rodeo, horses, and even my crown and boots. They were given a coloring page and those who returned them were entered into a coloring contest. Three winners were selected and the winners received a cowboy hat, a family four pack to the rodeo, a few items from the story that was read to the children, and a special gift from Colors of the West. These children all did such a wonderful job of coloring our Rodeo Clown Bob Weirs. I can't thank them enough for their participation and excitement about the contest.

I would personally like to thank all of you cowboys and cowgirls for attending the Route 66 Rough Stock Stampede, and to the contestants who give their all for the crowds who come to see them. Thank you to Mark Chesnutt for helping to make our rodeo held on the year of our state's centennial a huge success. Thank you to Billy and Terri Beeson for your support and encouragement. Thank you to all the other people who help behind the scenes together to make our rodeo a success and keep this tradition alive for future generations.

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