Tough enough to wear pink

Submitted by Jessica Stenson
Tough enough to wear pink
TOUGH ENOUGH TO WEAR PINK — Official Tough Enough To Wear Pink apparel will be for sale at the Marias Fair, on July 18, in the afternoon outside the main entry gate, and during the rodeo under the grandstands. All proceeds for the merchandise sales will go to the Hi Line Women Against Breast Cancer. In addition to the women's apparel featured here, men's t-shirts will also be for sale. This event is organized by Pondera 4-Her, Jessica Stenson, pictured left and Skylar Stenson on the right. Photo courtesy of Amber Stenson
   There are many reasons why you should attend the Marias Fair on July 18.  There are the Carnival rides, the Marias Fair Rodeo, 4-H dog show, livestock sale, Fashion Revue, Robotics Exhibition, and the open and 4-H exhibits, but there is another event that some of you may not know about.
   The “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” day at the Marias Fair will be on Saturday all day long. For every person who comes through the entry gates wearing pink, on Saturday only, the Marias Fair Board will donate one dollar to the Hi-Line Women Against Breast Cancer (WABC).
   The Hi-Line WABC is a non-profit organization that helps breast cancer victims in the Hi-Line and surrounding area.  They help pay for medical related bills from hotel rooms to medical costs not covered by insurance. Plus they assist with items that comfort victims and help maintain their dignity like wigs and prostheses. The WABC women invest a great deal of not only time but compassion, to bring hope and strength to those who need it when it counts most.
   The Marias Fair Tough Enough events began last year with the Marias Fair Rodeo. This year the rodeo will again be kicked off by the 4-H horse participants, wearing pink of course, riding into the arena during the grand entry.
   Several area businesses and individuals are supporting the event by providing added prize money. Normans Western Wear, Cut Bank; Scott and Sherri Johnson, Conrad; Home Connection Exit Reality, Conrad; Pony Expressions, Valier; One Stop Cenex, Valier; Frontline Ag, Conrad, Cutbank and Choteau; Judisch Spray Service, Conrad; and the Branding Iron, Conrad.  .
   Even the smallest cowboys and cowgirls have the chance to earn $25 added prize money in the miniature bull riding for the top scoring contestant wearing pink Saturday night.
   Tough Enough to Wear Pink apparel will be for sale outside the main entry gate Saturday afternoon, and under the Grand Stands during the rodeo. When this event first started out the goal was to have the whole rodeo be pink.
   This year 4-Hers want not only the rodeo to be pink but also the 4-H livestock sale, so the Prairie Pals 4- H club came up with an idea to sell t-shirts that promote both 4- H and the fight to cure breast cancer. The t-shirts will be sold under the grand stands during the rodeo or ahead of time from Dena Fritz. The t-shirts have a clever yet true quote, “Tough Enough to Wear Pink and Smart Enough to Be Green.” Proceeds from all merchandise sales will go to the Hi-Line WABC.
   Also this year sponsorship forms will be available at your local extension office and at the merchandise table at the fair. You can donate any amount to the WABC in your own name or in honor of an individual.
   If you have any question on the Tough Enough to Wear Pink event please call Jessica Stenson at 271-2484 or 472-3282, and if you have any question about the 4-H and Breast Cancer t-shirts please call Dena Fritz at 432-2845.