Shorthorn Lassie Queen Contest held
The National Lassie Queen Contest had a change of venue this year and was held during the National Shorthorn Show at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. Four candidates for National Shorthorn Lassie Queen and National Alternate Lassie Queen waited in suspense for the results to be announced prior to the selection of the Grand Champion Female on Nov. 12.
Jessica McCall, Crestwood, Ky., was named the 2012-2013 National Lassie Queen while Megan Dragstrem, Amboy, Ind., was named the National Alternate Lassie Queen. The two young ladies were crowned by the 2011-2012 National Lassie Queen Jennifer Cox, Coatsville, Ind., and Alternate National Lassie Queen Randene Davis, Glenville, Minn., who ended their reign with the crowning of new Shorthorn royalty at the NAILE.
McCall is the 21-year-old daughter of Michael and Cheryl McCall. She is attending Murray State University where she will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in Animal Science. She has been active in the cattle industry for the last 13 years and is looking forward to traveling to Scotland in May when she graduates.
Dragstrem is the daughter of Bob and Elaine Dragstrem. She is a senior at Macanquah High School in Bunker Hill, Ind. Megan is a fourth-generation Shorthorn breeder and has been an active American Junior Shorthorn Association member. A highlight of her Shorthorn involvement has been the KEY Conferences she has attended.
The young ladies began their competition with a meet and greet with the other candidates and board members from the Lassie Association. Following, they introduced themselves at the Annual National Lassie Meeting and sold 50/50 tickets throughout the stalls allowing them the opportunity to visit with breeders. As a part of the competition, each candidate also created a scrapbook that were judged and put on display during the weekend to help breeders and exhibitors know each candidate better. One highlight was the Lassie dinner at the Cardinal Cafe where many of them experience their very first derby pie.
The National and Alternate Shorthorn Lassie Queens will attend the 2013 National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., the 2013 National Junior Shorthorn Show in Des Moines, Iowa, and the 2013 North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., to promote the Shorthorn breed and represent the American Shorthorn Association. They may also attend other national shows or PACE events, sales, etc., as the National Shorthorn Lassie Queen and National Alternate Shorthorn Lassie Queen, representing the Shorthorn breed.
While representing the breed, the National Shorthorn Lassie Queen will be dressed in the official Queen attire; which consists of a stole and badge, kilt, black velveteen jacket, tailored blouse, black boots, crown and sash. This costume is reminiscent of Scottish attire and the tartan kilt is known as the Royal Stuart.