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Kitsap Fair and Stampede names its queen

Mandy Milovich, an Olympic High School senior and Olympic College Running Start student, waves to the crowd after being named Miss Kitsap Fair & Stampede 2007. - Courtesy photo
Mandy Milovich, an Olympic High School senior and Olympic College Running Start student, waves to the crowd after being named Miss Kitsap Fair & Stampede 2007.
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Mandy Milovich is still in a daze after being named Miss Kitsap Fair & Stampede 2007.

“I was absolutely shocked,” Milovich said. “I was too surprised by it. I’m still kind of floating out in space.”

Milovich, daughter of Jon and Nora Sethney of Tracyton and Mike Milovich of Bremerton, won the title April 14. Throughout the day, she and other contestants completed applications, interviewed with judges, took tests, demonstrated four riding patterns each, gave three-minute speeches and responded to impromptu questions.

“It made for a great program,” Milovich said. “It was a lot of fun.”

She watched friends participate in past Miss Kitsap Fair & Stampede pageants and wanted to try it for herself.

“I wanted to get in the (rodeo) world by first representing the cowboys in the sport,” she explained.

Milovich served as queen of the Silver Spur Saddle Club in the past and participated in the Miss Teen Rodeo Washington Milovich got her first pony on her ninth birthday and has been riding ever since.

“I begged my daddy for a pony and it worked,” she chuckled.

Milovich has competed in both Western and English riding, Hunter Jumper and Western games and competed on the Senior State Equine Team at the Western Washington Fair for the past three years.

Milovich is a 13-year member of 4H and is the president of the Happy Trails 4H club. She holds 13 riding medals and two county 4H medals of honor. She is in her first year with the Thunderbird Mounted Drill Team.

“I was fortunate to have really great 4H leaders and trainers throughout the years,” Milovich said.

Attending Olympic College in the Running Start program, Milovich will graduate from Olympic High School in June. She received a Certificate of Excellence from the governor for her high WASL scores. She is currently employed at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard with the work-study program.

As Miss Kitsap Fair & Stampede, Milovich will travel throughout Washington, Idaho and Oregon, attending various events during the year. She attended her first event, Armed Forces Day, April 25.

“My schedule started out slow, but it’s filling quickly,” Milovich said.

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