A pretty pink belt buckle started it all for Jamie Nemechek. It was, as a youngster, when she walked through a western store with her parents and siblings that she spotted the buckle, as part of an ad for a rodeo queen contest. She asked her mom what she needed to do to get that buckle, and her mom, a former rodeo queen herself, told her. Now, ten years later, she’s got her own buckle, as the 2019 Miss Rodeo Kansas State University queen. Nemechek, of Goodland, Kansas, will be a junior this fall at K-State. An animal science major with a pre-veterinary option, she was crowned in February. After her undergraduate schooling, she plans on attending veterinary school and someday working in a mixed practice. She competes in the barrel racing at local events and as a member of the National Barrel Horse Association. In her youth, she was a competitor in the Young Guns youth series in Dodge City. Nemechek follows in her mother’s footsteps as rodeo queen. Her mother, Penny Garrett Nemechek, served as the 1990 Miss Rodeo K-State queen. Jamie will travel across the state to represent Kansas State this year, including making appearances at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo in Abilene July 31-August 3. She will read to children at the Abilene Library on July 30, be in the Central Kansas Free Fair parade on August 1, and help with the rodeo. The Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo runs July 31-August 3 and begins at 7:30 pm each night. Tickets range in price from $8 to $14 and can be purchased online at www.ckff.net, at the fairgrounds, and at area retailers.