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Seems like no sooner had Dakota Adams been appointed Miss Spirit of the West in early spring and outfitted to serve that she began representing the annual Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering all over town..
The gathering, a yearly celebration of Old West cowboy poetry, music, culture and art on Presidents Day weekend, recently began the Miss Spirit of the West program as a way of getting the word out about the festival in a personal way and encourage people to live by the Code of the West, according to Jessica Bridgeman, a Spirit of the West adviser.
Dakota Adams is a leader who recognizes and honors the traits of honesty, good character, talent, poise, intellect and good judgment, Bridgeman said in a news release. We are excited to have her as a positive role model to represent the vision of the Miss Spirit of the West title. Adams, a 14-year-old Kittitas High School freshman last school year, has reflected the values of the Cowboy Gathering at Central Washington University Rodeo Club-sponsored rodeos, the Bares and Broncs Futurity event, state Old-time Fiddlers competitions and at the 38th annual Ellensburg National Art Show and Auction.
As a high school athlete I have learned the true meaning of dedication and commitment, Adams wrote in her introduction to Spirit of the West officials. Living in Ellensburg has given me great admiration for the western lifestyle. She currently has a full schedule this summer with appearances locally and around the state at community parades, fiddling conventions and community involvement activities. She also plans to attend events in Oregon and Idaho, too. Other plans include visiting elementary school classrooms next fall to present ways to live a happy and healthy lifestyle with a western flair, according to the release. I hope to promote and preserve the heritage of the American cowboy, Adams said in the release. I am supported by family, friends and a great (Spirit of the West) Board of Directors.
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