Photo by Lorie Palmer
(L-R) Riggins Rodeo Queen Macenzie Farris of Grangeville and Princess Emily Diaz of Riggins are seen here representing Riggins at the Asotin parade April 23.
As of Tuesday, May 3, 2016
RIGGINS Two local young ladies will serve as royalty for Riggins Rodeo events this weekend and throughout the year as they promote the event.
Reigning as queen is 15-year-old Grangeville High School freshman, Macenzie Rhae Farris of Grangeville. She is the daughter of Jeff and Amy Farris and granddaughter of Ray and Ellen Aiken, all of Grangeville.
Riggins Rodeo Princess is 13-year-old Emily Diaz of Riggins, an eighth-grade student at Salmon River Junior-Senior High School. She is the daughter of Javier and Rachel Diaz of Riggins and granddaughter of Gary and Carolyn Hegvet of Lucile.
“I am so fortunate I get to travel and share my passion of rodeo with others while representing a great community,” Farris said.
She previously served as the 2012 Triple Bar Drill Team 2nd Princess and the 2015 Kooskia Saddliers Queen. Farris is a member of Rough Riders and Animal House 4-H clubs, Cottonwood Riding Club, Twin Rivers Rodeo Club, Triple Bar Drill Team, Kooskia Saddliers and Riggins Drill Team. At school she participates in volleyball, basketball and softball and is also in FFA, band and High School Rodeo.
Riggins Rodeo is set for this Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 p.m. each day. The parade will be held Sunday, 11 a.m., MST.
Farris thanked her sponsors Grangeville Transit Mix, Lucky H Horseshoeing, Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation, Salmon River Cowboys Association as well as her grandparents and parents.
“None of this would be possible without the love and support I get from my grandparents and my parents and my best riding partner, my horse Callie,” Farris said,
In her spare time she enjoys volunteering at Grangeville Health and Rehab and baby-sitting. She has one sister, twin Micaela Brook Farris.
“Being royalty is an honor. It means that my dream to be Riggins Rodeo Princess came true,” Diaz said. “I need to remember to be a good example for other young girls who are looking up to me.”
Diaz is a member of Riggins Rodeo Drill Team and Central Idaho Rodeo Association. She has participated in Riggins Canyon 4-H Club, baby-sits and is involved in volleyball, basketball and track at school. She also participates in the Riggins Assembly of God Girls Ministries.
Diaz is sponsored by Nelson Machinery, Evergreen Forest Products, Iceman, Kern Construction, River Rock Café and the Salmon River Cowboys Association. She has one brother, Alex Diaz, a senior at SRHS.
“I’d like to thank my mom and dad, brother and grandparents for always being my biggest fans,” Diaz said.