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Carlascio ready for role as 2013 Miss Rodeo

As 2012 draws to a close and the new year draws near, Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2013 is already thinking about how best to accomplish the goals associated with her title.

"My job this year is to promote the sport of rodeo and the state of North Dakota," said Krystal Carlascio, who was named Miss Rodeo on Oct. 7. "I have a great opportunity to promote our Western heritage and lifestyle."

Miss Rodeo North Dakota is not a paid position, and as such, Carlascio has to raise money for her own travel expenses.

Given that she expects to travel about 45,000 miles next year, she needs to raise quite a bit of money. Her first fundraiser toward that goal will be her coronation, with a dinner and a dance, on Saturday.

Carlascio, now 23, has been riding since she was 2 or 3 years old, and she has been participating officially in rodeo since she was 18. She grew up in Jamestown and in Aberdeen, S.D., and works as a registered nurse at Sanford in Fargo.

She was named Miss Rodeo during the Badlands Circuit Finals in Minot, after a three-day competition requiring multiple areas of expertise.

She had to demonstrate horsemanship, give a speech about North Dakota, answer questions about current events and impromptu questions, and even undergo personal, horsemanship and public interviews.

Candidates also had to take a written test covering topics including the Miss Rodeo competition, rodeo itself, tack and horses.

"My strategy is to study as much as I can and find experts in every area," Carlascio said.

Her studies aren't over yet, either. Next December, she will compete for the title of Miss Rodeo America, and hopes to win the honors back for North Dakota, which last earned the title in 2007. That means more studying for Carlascio, who will have to build time in for study between her events.

Until that contest, though, her main job is to promote the sport of rodeo and the state of North Dakota, which she will do by participating in rodeos, visiting schools and hospitals to speak to students and patients about rodeo.

Every bit of the money she raises will go toward that, and every bit will be carefully accounted for, Carlascio said, noting she has to turn in receipts for reimbursement.

"It's a commitment, it really is," she said. "You have to plan ahead."

Apart from the coronation dinner and dance, she hopes to raise money by partnering with local businesses and individuals willing to sponsor her work.

"(Rodeo) is a sport you can really get involved in. Kids love it. It's really for all ages," Carlascio said. "There's a lot of young up-and-coming cowboys and cowgirls. A lot of youth is involved at an early age."

To contact Carlascio about sponsoring her work or inviting her to an event to promote rodeo, email her at She is also willing to assist others who want to get involved in Miss Rodeo.

The social hour and the silent auction for her first fundraiser start at 6 p.m. Saturday at the All Vets Club with dinner at 7 p.m., the coronation at 8 p.m. and the dance to follow at 9 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door for $20.

The dinner menu includes roast beef, mashed potatoes and corn, and the silent auction includes jewelry, purses, tack, home décor items, candy, gift certificates and a toy tractor.

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be

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