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Mattson named White Bird queen


Dakota Matson, 16, of Nezperce, made a strong case last Saturday, March 22, for her selection as queen of the 25th Annual White Bird Rodeo and was crowned such later that afternoon.

Photo by Andrew Ottoson.
Dakota Matson, 16, of Nezperce, made a strong case last Saturday, March 22, for her selection as queen of the 25th Annual White Bird Rodeo and was crowned such later that afternoon.

WHITE BIRD — A girl for whom the White Bird Rodeo was her first rodeo, Dakota Matson, 16, of Nezperce, was crowned queen of the 25th Annual White Bird Rodeo last Saturday, March 22. Daughter of committee members Delbert and Dee Matson, she always helps “get ready for the rodeo and other functions at the rodeo grounds,” she wrote.

A freshman at Nezperce High School, Mattson is involved in volleyball, horse 4-H and FFA steer project. She also enjoys fishing, camping, hunting, horseback riding, drawing and baking.

“I enjoy the community of White Bird and they always make me feel welcome,” she said. “I have helped with this rodeo and they are like a second family to me.”

She is a former princess of the Cottonwood Riding Club and a former Riggins Rodeo princess (2013).

Outgoing White Bird Rodeo queen Hannah Ross set the pattern for the tryout last Saturday. Matson was the only entrant; organizers said many up and coming area girls were simply too young to enter this year.

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