This past weekend my family and I traveled to Fort Madison, Iowa for the Tri-State Rodeo. This is an annual tradition for the Howard family. My husband and I can remember attending as kids and then going with our own daughters. Now we continue the tradition with our grandchildren.
It’s a lot of fun—crackling campfires, fantastic food, a pony-filled parade, an awesome rodeo performance and spending time with family and friends. I love traditions.
This year there was a special guest in the great state of Iowa…SIUE alumna, Ariel Weinman. Weinman, an applied communication studies/public relations major and former PRSSA Chapter member, is the reigning Miss Rodeo Illinois!
Weinman participated in the rodeo festivities each night and also rode in the parade Saturday morning. She also took time out of her busy schedule to autograph photos for my grandsons. Jonah was in awe seeing her up close with the sparkly hat, pink vest and sash…a true princess in his eyes! And from a public relations standpoint, I think she does outstanding as Miss Rodeo Illinois!
In addition to meeting her responsibilities this year as Miss Rodeo Illinois, Weinman is also a media specialist at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Illinois, where she works with local media outlets to help meet the marketing and public relations needs for the college.
It was a great weekend of fun and made extra special by getting to see a former student living by the very words she penned on Jonah’s photo: “Always rope your dreams!”
What are you doing to ensure you rope your dreams? Pull up a chair and let’s talk.