Mayor Walt Cobb presents gifts of commemorative watches on behalf of the City to outgoing Stampede Royalty Queen Laurin Hurd (left) and Princess Emilie Nichols during a regular council meeting where they gave their farewell speeches. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

Stampede Royalty finish reign as ‘life-long’ friends

Queen Laurin Hurd and Princess Emilie Nichols had a longer than normal term due to no royalty crowned in 2019

Outgoing Williams Lake Stampede royalty said they have become lifetime friends.

During a farewell speech to city council Tuesday, July 16, Stampede queen Laurin Hurd and princess Emilie Nichols talked about not knowing each other when they were crowned back in 2018 and how they grew close as their terms unfolded.

“Emilie has been nothing but kind, nice and supportive and our relationship is one I’m blessed to have,” Hurd said.

She also thanked Mayor Walt Cobb and council for their support, acknowledged everyone that invited them to attend events, and said being in the royalty program is about the connections you make.

“I’ve grown in my confidence,” she added. “I cannot explain how much this experience has changed me.”

Nichols said at first she hoped she wasn’t in for a ‘mean girls’ experience, but quickly realized that Hurd was there to support her as well.

“Seeing rodeos up close and personal taught me a lot about the rodeo community and how everyone involved has each other’s backs,” she said.

Because there were no contestants for 2019, the two did a longer than normal stint and attended the 2019 Williams Lake Stampede as well.

Read more: Stampede Queen throne to sit vacant over 2019/2020

Patti Gerhardi, royalty director, told council the royalty program will continue.

Contestants have to be between 17 and 24 years of age, and for the 2019 contest many of the applicants were too young.

“We had nine young ladies who hope one day to run,” she said. “Three were graduating but that’s difficult timing with Grad and the Stampede, another one got “her dream job and decided to take it and others were outside our 100 kilometre radius.”

Praising the efforts of Hurd and Nichols, Gerhardi said they were very successful in public relations.

“They were getting applications and invitations to grand openings of businesses even,” she added. “If you had a chance to see little people so enthralled by the royalty then you know how they were received.”

Gerhardi said someone told her that the royalty program creates equality for females.



news@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

42nd annual Williams Lake Harvest Fair wants you!

Think you might have just canned the best pickles ever?

Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League geared up for year-end tournament

“It’s been a great year and we’re looking forward to this weekend,” Barbondy said.

Delay powers way to berth at strongman nationals

Delay finished in the top four in his weight division in Richmond at the provincial championships

Joe Borsato leaves the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin

Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin coordinator Joe Borsato bid farewell to his position at the museum

SD27 hires new finance manager

Barrett Gaunce is presently corporate controller for Northwest Territories Housing Corp. in Yellowknife

VIDEO: Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering

CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the “clear history” feature more than a year ago

RCMP originally planned to arrest Meng Wanzhou on plane, defence lawyers say

The allegations have not been proven in court. Meng was arrested Dec. 1 at Vancouver airport at the behest of the U.S.

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Ethics commissioner ready to testify on Trudeau, SNC-Lavalin: NDP critic

A new poll suggests the report hasn’t so far hurt the Liberals’ chances of re-election this fall

Inflation hits Bank of Canada 2% target for second straight month

Prices showed strength in other areas, including an 18.9 per cent increase in the cost of fresh vegetables

Pregnant teachers fight to change WorkSafeBC compensation rules

Agency does not recognize risk to unborn babies when mother catches illness from work

Five hedgehogs quickly adopted after being left at BC SPCA

Lucky new owners picked up their pets from Maple Ridge branch on Aug. 20

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Most Read