There was a long anxious wait after all the introductions, thank-yous, farewell speeches, and various awards presentations Saturday evening before the names of the 2012 Stampede Queen Alexis Forseille, and 2012 Stampede Princess Terris Billyboy were announced and crowned Saturday evening at the Gibraltar Room in what several speakers said was a very close race. Masters of ceremonies were Lorne Doerkson and 2008 Stampede Queen Britnie McKnight and there were numerous presenters.
Alexis won the horsemanship theory exam award; the overall public speaking award; the overall written exam award about rodeo and the community; the overall personal interview award; and the fashion show runner up award.
Terris won the Miss Congeniality Award voted on by her peers; the overall horsemanship award; runner up award in written exam about rodeo and the community; and the fashion show overall award.
Miss Gustafson’s Dodge Michelle Ball won the runner up award for personal interview.
Miss Overlander/Ramada Hotel Christina Walsh won the most improved horsemanship award and the most improved public speaking award.
Trophies, flowers, Montana silver bracelets, jackets, helicopter rides, a hand-crafted horse breast collar, travel bags, red Canada Day shirts, engraved silver photo albums, framed Stampede posters, and fitted riding gloves were among the dozens of beautiful gifts and prizes donated by local businesses for the contestants, category winners and incoming royalty to start their reign.