By: Macy Goodnight | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2021
Miss Rooster Days 2021, Annie Rose Duncan.
The annual Broken Arrow Rooster Days Festival is one of the oldest celebrations in the state, and one of its proudest traditions is the Miss Rooster Days pageant. It’s a timeless event that empowers young women in the community, while embracing the spirit of the city.
Since 1954, the annual pageant has given a chance for a college scholarship, as well as a host of opportunities, to the young lady crowned to represent the youth in the community. The Broken Arrow Chamber organizes and supports the event, and each annual winner of the pageant acts as an ambassador for the city’s youth for the duration of a year. During that time, Miss Rooster Days attends ribbon cuttings for new businesses and many other city events. It is an incredible opportunity to develop networking and leadership skills, as well as provide insight into the workings of the city’s business leaders.
On May 17 of this year, Annie Rose Duncan was crowned Miss Rooster Days 2021. Annie is 17 years old and will be a Senior in the upcoming school year. Her hobbies include soccer and cheerleading, and she is a gifted earring designer with her own home-based business. She hosts all of her jewelry creations on her social media, and has attended some vendor fairs with great success in her sales. Her fabulous designs can be found on Instagram @daringdelights.
Annie competed during the 2020 pageant and received first runner-up, but loved the experience so much, she decided to run again. “All of the girls are so amazing,” she said. “Seeing what they all love about the community, and being able to share why I love Broken Arrow was such a great opportunity.” The crowned Miss Rooster Days maintains a busy schedule, and Annie attended multiple events even on her first day. “I’ve already met so many incredible people, and so many opportunities have already come up from this. I’ve enjoyed just getting to meet all of our city’s leaders.”
(L-R) Annie Duncan, Jonna Watson, Jada Warren, Roscoe, Yessenia DeLeon, Alexis Dawn Jameson, Sarah VandeBogart Miss Rooster Days 2020.
Annie is homeschooled and does not consider herself to be a pageant girl. “This type of thing might scare some people away, but it’s not a typical pageant. It’s so much more than that,” she said. “They really want to see your heart for Broken Arrow and the community.”
Lori Lewis, Membership and Community Development Director at the Broken Arrow Chamber, prides the event on its inclusivity, and the confidence it builds for the young women who participate. “The Chamber is a business organization, and we want to see these young women pursue their dreams and the scholarship assists them with further education,” she said. “That’s how the pageant started. We are looking for young women who want to pursue their education at college or tech school, and we want to help facilitate and foster those dreams.”
Pageant Chair, Jamie Wheeler, encourages young women in the community who are interested in participating for next year to reach out now for questions. “We will work with any young lady beforehand who needs it, and we want to make sure anyone who enters is reassured and confident,” she said. “We are here to make the process as smooth, comfortable and exciting as possible.”
Applications for 2022 Miss Rooster Days will be opening in February, and information can be found online at www.brokenarrowchamber.com, or by calling (918) 893-2100.
Pat Harrell, Miss Rooster Days 1962
2020 Miss Rooster Days, Sarah VandeBogart, crowns 2021 Miss Rooster Days, Annie Duncan.
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