Maddy Durkin, the 20-year-old daughter of Kim Wedul, was born and raised in the Skagit Valley, growing up on a farm. Maddy graduated from Burlington-Edison High School in 2020, and recently graduated from Skagit Valley College with her Associate of Arts Degree. She plans to continue her education at Western Washington University next fall to pursue a degree in Biology. After that, she is considering attending Washington State University for Veterinary School.
The western way of life is nothing new to her. Getting on her first horse at the young age of three, the rest is history. Growing up, Maddy competed in 4-H and on the Washington State High School Equestrian team with her two horses, Tango and Ash.
Her love of rodeo and the western way of life has continued to grow over the years. Ever since Maddy was a young girl, her family would attend the Sedro-Woolley Rodeo and Parade. Maddy would watch as the queens went by, admiring their grace and dignity, hoping one day that could be her.
Maddy is beyond thankful to have the opportunity to represent the Sedro-Woolley PRCA Rodeo as their 2023 Queen and can’t wait for all the adventures ahead of her!
Goodbye Josie Weppler, 2023 Sedro-Woolley Rodeo Queen
“As I sit back and reminisce of the past 365 days serving as your 2022 Sedro-Woolley Rodeo Queen, the song ‘Till You Can’t’ by Cody Johnson comes to mind. In the song he sings “if you have a dream chase it, because a dream won’t chase you back.” When I had the once in a lifetime chance to run for this title I knew I had to jump at it since it had been a dream of mine since I was a little girl.
The countless miles traveled, the early mornings, the late nights, the friendships made, and the memories shared all made this experience ten times better.
Getting the opportunity to spend my weekends traveling the Evergreen State, watching my favorite PRCA competitors make their way to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is something I was able to experience firsthand. I will continue to promote the sport of rodeo, as well as the western way of life, as it is something I am very passionate about.
I have a few people to thank, I would like to thank my sponsors, Northwest Veterinary Clinic of Mount Vernon, Scarsella Construction, The Otos Group LLC, Scholtens Equipment and Janicki Industries for sponsoring me, your kindness is greatly appreciated. To Autumn and Aly Palowicz, thank you for lending me Sport and Ed to use during my year, I am so grateful to know you both. To my wonderful royalty committee, thank you for always making sure I had what I needed to become successful. To the Sedro-Woolley Rodeo Committee, thank you for trusting me to represent our rodeo with grace and poise, I treasure the friendships I have made with each of you. Thank you to the Sedro-Woolley community for being so welcoming, seeing all of the smiles in the crowds during community events always warmed my heart. Lastly thank you to my wonderful parents, Amy and James Weppler. It truly takes a village to get a queen down the road and headed towards success. You both have been so supportive of all of my crazy dreams. I’m so grateful God chose me to be your daughter.
As we welcome Maddy Durkin, our 2023 queen, I ask that you all show her the same amount of love and support you have showed me.
God has plans for me and it is something far greater than anything I ever could’ve imagined, this isn’t the end of my queen career, it’s only the beginning.
It’s been my pleasure to serve as your 2022 Sedro-Woolley Rodeo Queen. “
2022 Sedro-Woolley Rodeo Queen