North Puget Sound Event of the Year 2023 - Washington Festivals & Events Association
Gracie Aldridge is the 17-year-old daughter of Nick and Drew Aldridge, sister of Ryder, Boyce, and Saige Aldridge where she is a Junior at Burlington-Edison High School. Growing up in Bow, Washington, she has spent most of her life outside, whether that be on a horse, at a rodeo, hunting or fishing or spending time with family and friends. She has been on a horse since before she could walk, and rodeo is in her family genes as her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother were all former Sedro-Woolley Rodeo Queens.
She has carried a sponsor flag for the Sedro-Woolley Rodeo every year since she was 5 years old. Gracie has participated in 4H since she was 9 years old, winning high point each year in performance. Starting her freshman year of high school, she switched from performance to gaming. The past three years she has competed on the Washington State High School Equestrian Team also known as WAHSET competing in gaming, sorting, breakaway, daubing, working rancher and drill. She has qualified for State multiple times, winning regionals her first year.
She is excited to carry the Sedro-Woolley Rodeo Queen title and to promote the western way of life and the sport of rodeo. She has been dreaming of this since she was a little girl. She hopes to inspire little girls, just as she was inspired! She looks forward to celebrating the 90th year of the Sedro-Woolley Rodeo and representing this great rodeo all over Washington State!
They say time flies and they weren’t kidding. My year as the Sedro-Woolley Rodeo Queen has flown by. It has been nothing short of incredible for me.
This has been a year full of adventures and memories that I truly will cherish for the rest of my life. I’m grateful for all of the friendships created, and connections made. This was an incredible group of ladies to get to travel with, and I’m excited to see where you all go next!
A huge thank you to friends and family who helped make this year so special. I appreciate each and every one of you more than you will ever know.
To my mom, Kim, thank you for always being up for an adventure, and always making sure I had everything I needed. I couldn’t have done it without you.
To my amazing royalty director, Lena, thank you for your endless support this year! You are the best director out there!
To the Sedro-Woolley Rodeo PRCA committee, thank you for welcoming me with open arms. I enjoyed every second I was able to spend with all of you!
I would like to say one final thank you to my sponsors who helped make this year so special: TRICO Companies, LLC; Pacific Coast Auto Center; Scott Richards Insurance Inc; and Rodney Helgeson-Realtor John L. Scott-Skagit. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything!
For the last time,
2023 Sedro-Woolley Rodeo Queen