Kelly Jo Heschke of Aurelia was named Miss Rodeo Iowa 2001 at the recent Tri-State Rodeo in Ft. Madison and Megan Weimold of Cherokee was named second runner-up.
During the three-day pageant, contestants from across the state competed for honors in horsemanship, public speaking, appearance, personal interviews and photogenics.
Heschke earned recognition for her horsemanship skills and photogenics, the second year in a row that she captured the horsemanship honors.
As Miss Rodeo Iowa, she will travel throughout Iowa attending PRCA rodeos and related events to promote the sport and educate the public about America's proud ranching heritage. Her travels will also take her out of state, including a trip to the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Pocatello, Idaho and to Las Vegas, Nev., where she will compete for the coveted Miss Rodeo America title next November.
Heschke will officially take over the crown on Jan. 1, 2001. A coronation ball and fundraiser is being planned in January to help raise funds to defray her traveling expenses. She is a student at Iowa State University, where she is studying elementary education. Her plans are to continue through the spring semester and then take a semester off to concentrate on her travels and preparation for the national competition. She has worked for the Barnes Rodeo Company, Peterson, for a number of years.
Heschke is the daughter of Duane and JoLynn Heschke and is a 1998 graduate of Storm Lake High School. Weimold is the daughter of John and Connie Weimold and is a senior at Washington High School in Cherokee.