Chancey Bush
Elena Kopp, 15, waves to the crowd while leading Smokey the pony in the 50th Evergreen Rodeo Parade.

Miss Rodeo America and Miss Rodeo Colorado sat side by side on the top of a restored fire truck Saturday, smiling and waving to the thousands of Rodeo Parade attendees lining downtown Evergreen.

“See you at the rodeo!” said Miss Rodeo America Katherine Merck, who wore a white hat and a sash emblazoned with her prestigious title.