The pageant to determine the 2013 Benton Franklin Fair & Rodeo royal court is Saturday at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.
The event begins with a social hour and silent auction at 5 p.m., with dinner and the program to follow at 6 p.m. The three contestants already have participated in the horsemanship portion of the program, and will compete Saturday night in a variety of other categories. The court will be named at the conclusion of the event.
Contestants are Maggie Little, Courtney Brown and Katherine "KC" Taylor.
-- Maggie, 17, a senior at Kamiakin High School who takes Running Start classes at Columbia Basin College, is the daughter of Robert and Rachel Little of Kennewick. She has been riding since she was 7, and has participated in 4-H and the Columbia High School Equestrian Team. Maggie twice has been the recipient of the Benton Franklin Fair 4-H Horse Department Sportsmanship award. She also has served as Miss Teen Rodeo Washington.
-- Courtney, 17, a senior at Prosser High School who attends Tri-Tech Skills Center in Kennewick, is the daughter of Terry and Meira Brown of Prosser. She has been riding horses for 10 years and particularly enjoys competing in barrel racing, with her 4-year-old mare Dr. Pepper. She has participated in 4-H for eight years.
-- KC, 19, a 2012 Richland High School and Columbia Basin College graduate, is the daughter of Steve and Jan Taylor of Richland. KC has been riding horses since third grade when she fell in love with riding. She participated in 4-H for eight years and the Washington High School Equestrian Teams program for four years. She enjoys trail riding on her horse Blaze. She works as an intern at the Advanced Medical Isotope Corporation and is a student at Washington State University Tri-Cities, and plans on a career in cancer research.
The public is welcome to attend the pageant. The cost, including dinner, is $30 per person. RSVP at 430-3374.