The queens selected at the Miss Rodeo Valley Center pageant made their debut as royalty at the recent Lakeside Rodeo.
Miss Rodeo Valley Center winner Bridgette LaHaye, Junior Miss Rodeo Valley Center queen Molly Fagan, Young Miss Rodeo Valley Center titlist Kaylee Tate, and Little Miss Rodeo Valley Center titleholder Samantha Picot were at the four performances at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds.
LaHaye attends Mira Costa Community College. She is a 2014 Valley Center High School graduate and grew up in Valley Center, although she has moved to San Marcos for a shorter commute to her classes. “I’m just excited to represent my hometown of Valley Center,” LaHaye said. “I’m pretty glad to represent my favorite sport and my favorite town at the same time.”
Fagan lives in Bonita and recently completed eighth grade at River Valley Charter School in Lakeside. “I travel a lot,” she said. “It’s been really fun representing with my fellow queens this year,” Fagan said. “I know it’s going to be a great year.”
Tate lives in Mira Mesa and has completed sixth grade at Marshall Middle School in Scripps Ranch. “I’m excited to represent Valley Center in the sport of rodeo,” Tate said. “I love meeting all the new people.”
Picot completed second grade at Valley Center Primary School. “I’m happy to be here because this is where my grandparents live and this is where my mom got her first title,” Picot said. Julie Picot was Julie Tewalt in 1997 when she was the First Rodeo Princess for the Lakeside Rodeo. Bernie and Mary Tewalt have lived in Lakeside for 37 years.