EDMOND — Dracyn Taylor recalled a time as a young girl attending 89er Days in Guthrie and getting to see the 89er queen in action.
It was a memory that helped spur the Edmond Memorial High School sophomore to want to become a queen. She recently was named the queen for the 2014 Guthrie 89er Days celebration, scheduled for Tuesday through April 19.
“When I was little I came down to one of the parades, and I remember I saw the 89er queen and I always thought I would love to be that person,” Dracyn said.
Dracyn, 15, submitted her application and resume and competed against other contestants in the categories of speech, horsemanship and interview.
Dracyn said she learned she had won from her mother, who received a text message from Carrie Fryar, queen coordinator.
“At first I didn’t know what to think, because it was stiff competition,” Dracyn said. “I still can’t believe it. I am so excited. I am so honored to have been crowned 89er queen. It is icing on the cake really.”
Dracyn is no stranger to performing before crowds. She has participated in dance, basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, track and barrel racing.
“I have been riding most of my life,” she said. “I love rodeo and I plan on running the barrels in it (89er rodeo).”
As part of her queen duties, Dracyn will give speeches at several Guthrie civic clubs and school groups as well as participate in the chuck wagon dinner, rodeo and 89er Day parade.
Dracyn will participate in the traditional queen’s breakfast before the parade. She will be joined by her queen predecessors including Eddie Lou Halsey, who received the title in 1939 and is the oldest living 89er queen.
“I am really looking forward to that breakfast where I get to meet the previous 89er queens,” Dracyn said.
Dracyn said it takes discipline to be able to handle her academic and queen duties. She credits her parents, Keith Taylor and Dusty Taylor, for helping guide her.
“My mom is the matriarch of my barrel racing, my sports, my family, my friends and my church,” Dracyn said. “She is there 100 percent. She and my dad help me out with everything. Without them it would be impossible.”