Stampede Queen Contest applications now being accepted

The Stampede Queen Committee is now seeking candidates for the 2012 Williams Lake Stampede Queen competition.

The Stampede Queen Committee is now seeking candidates for the 2012 Williams Lake Stampede Queen competition.

“This competition is designed to be a learning experience, with some fun along the way, for all of the contestants,” says queen’s committee chair Jaimie Tanis.

“You will have amazing opportunities to meet new people, learn about your community and the world famous Williams Lake Stampede, as well as participate in a variety of special events and functions.”

Whether or not you are chosen as Williams Lake Stampede Queen or Princess, the benefits of participating in the program are many.

The competition offers training in many important areas, such as public speaking, time management, wardrobe, horsemanship, etc.

In addition to teaching lifelong skills, the program provides opportunities for young women to develop new friendships, participate in community events, learn more about the City of Williams Lake and the world famous Williams Lake Stampede, build self- confidence and self-esteem, gain valuable experience for resumes, university applications and much more.  The competition is open to young women ages 16 and 23 as of Dec. 31, 2011. Candidates must also have resided in Williams Lake, or within a close proximity, for six months as of Dec. 31, 2011.

An applicant who wishes to participate in the competition but who does not meet all of the requirements may request that the committee waive one or more requirements.  Acceptance of such applicants will be at the sole discretion of the Williams Lake Stampede Queen Committee.

The program runs approximately five months, February through June. Candidates will be expected to attend developmental opportunities approximately three hours per week. Later, there will be other functions such as public appearances.  In addition, contestants will be expected to organize and participate in fundraising activities.  Because school and work are important, every effort is made to avoid scheduling activities throughout final exams.  In June and July, particularly the week leading up to Stampede, candidates will be very busy.  If you have a job, please notify your employer that you are participating in this program and may require some time off.

There are no entry fees for candidates, per se. Sponsors are responsible for a $700 donation to the program.

Candidates must fill out the application form and contact and sponsor information form, and write a one-page essay on why they want to be the next Williams Lake Stampede Queen.

A resume along with three references (not family) is also required.  The resume should include volunteer experience, organizations participated in and/or jobs held.

Candidates must also sign the rules and regulations of the queen competition and have other pertinent consent forms signed.

Among other things candidates are expected to attend Stampede work bees, all functions at all three days of the Williams Lake Stampede and abide by regulations regarding function attendance, punctuality, appropriate dress and exemplary conduct.

Candidates are not permitted to smoke, drink alcohol or use illegal drugs at any function.

Applications must be mailed back to the committee by Jan. 23, 2012.

Applications will not be accepted if received or postmarked after this date.

The mailing address is: Williams Lake Stampede Association, Box 4076, Williams Lake, B.C. V2G-2V7. Attention: Williams Lake Stampede Queen Committee.

There will be an orientation meeting for applicants on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at 7 p.m. at  280A North Mackenzie Ave. (Ministry of Children and Family Development).

Candidates must bring a photocopy of their birth certificate and if under the age of 19 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Contestants who already have a sponsor are welcome to bring their sponsors to the orientation meeting.

“However, if you have not yet secured a sponsor, we have some ideas for you,” Tanis says.

For more information on applications contact Jamie Tanis at 250-392-4761 or Jolene West at 250-392-2065 or by e-mail at