On May 22, 2022, during a visit to Sheridan, Wyoming, host Kate Jones and her husband had the grand opportunity to see the Eatons' Ranch Horse Drive, which takes place every spring. They — and a crowd of some 200 other spectators — enjoyed close-up views of the horses as they clip-clopped down a city street right in front of the historic hotel where the Joneses were staying.
In this episode, you'll hear about both the horse drive and the Sheridan Inn, which opened in 1893 with the help of investor and occasional resident "Buffalo Bill" Cody of Wild West Show fame. Both topics are pertinent to today's interview with Mikkayla DeBolt, who was the reigning Miss Wyoming when Kate met her on the front lawn of the hotel the morning of the horse drive.
Mikkayla talks about how she became Miss Wyoming, how she handled competition (turns out she loved it) and what she learned during her year-long reign, among other topics. She passed along the Miss Wyoming crown to her successor, Hazel Homer Wambeam, on June 25, 2022, at the Wyo Theater in downtown Sheridan. Now that she's no longer the current representative of her home state, Mikkayla reflects on her next adventures including, perhaps, a future run for office.