From right to left: Princess Katelynn Diggins, Queen Rylie Wilcox, Princess Bethany Anderson

During an incredible night filled with so much emotions and fun, Rylie Wilcox, was crowned as the 2019 Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Queen!

Rylee Wilcox receiving her crown from outgoing 2018 Chief Joseph Rodeo Queen Deidre Schreiber

Rylee Wilcox receiving her crown from outgoing 2018 Chief Joseph Rodeo Queen Deidre Schreiber


Rylee is a fifth generation Wallowa Countian with a strong family history here. Her mother Judy Wilcox is from Joseph Oregon. Her father and stepmother are Tim and Tonja Wilcox of Lewiston, Idaho. Paternal grandparents are Chuck and Pam (Preece) Wilcox, Hermiston, Oregon. Maternal grandparents are Judy Kinsley, Joseph, Oregon. Great grandparents are Bob and Cherryl Zacharias, Joseph, Oregon. Her brother Brad Wilcox is also from Joseph, Oregon while Stepbrothers Conner and Jared Granger are from Lewiston, Idaho.

Rylee’s hobbies include horse back riding, barrel racing, grooming, showing horses and just about anything else that has to do with horses. She enjoys playing basketball and volleyball, hunting, fishing, camping along with many other outdoor activities. Rylee is also involved in 4-H and FFA along with being a member of the National Honor Society. Following High school Rylee has plans to become a Vet Tech and study Agriculture in College. 

Rylee has served as a member of the 2016-17 Wallowa County 4-H Court, Wallowa County Horse Bowl Team, and has earned the honor of attending the Oregon State Fair for two years competing in 4-H horse classes. She served as the FFA Greenhand Vice-President and plays on the Joseph Eagles basketball and volleyball teams that competed in the playoffs for two years.  

Rylee says that she wanted to be on the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo Court because just as she was “that little cowgirl who dreamed of riding a rodeo horse with a crown on her hat” she wants to give other young girls a goal to fulfill their dreams to enjoy “their ride of a lifetime.”  “I was allowed to sit on the Chief Joseph Days Royalty horses every year when I was little. Now I want to represent Chief Joseph Days, fulfill my goals and offer dreams come true to other little cowgirls.” 

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