Four queen candidates will be presented at 7:50 p.m. today at the annual Heart of America Rodeo, as will a single princess pageant contestant.
Winners will be announced prior to the opening of Saturday's events.
Competitors in the queen pageant include Erin Donaldson, Lindsey Schulte, Kiley Henderson and Autumn Harris.
The four candidates will be scored on ticket sales, program ad sales, horsemanship, appearance and interview.
The queen pageant is sponsored by Wal-Mart.
Donaldson is a 21-year-old student at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College who said she will represent Miami with Christian values and family tradition if she is presented with the crown.
She has a dream of one day owning her own horse and cattle ranch and considers herself a permanent resident of Miami.
Schulte is 16 years old and attends high school in Afton. She is the daughter of Mike and Angie Schulte.
She competes in a number of barrel, pole and goat-tying events and has been riding horses competitively for about three years.
Henderson said she has been riding horses since she can remember and has a long list of accomplishments under her belt, including participation in the U.S. team roping championships.
Harris is 19 years old and she, too, attends NEO A&M.
She is a native of Fayetteville, Ark., and is an avid barrel racing competitor. She also enjoys pole bending, goat tying and breakaway calf roping.
Her long-term goals include competing at the national level and becoming a veterinarian.
Brittany Cheyenne O'Neill is the only competitor in this year's princess pageant.
The event is sponsored by First National Bank in Miami.
O'Neill is the 8-year-old daughter of Crystal O'Neill and David O'Neill of Vinita.
She is a “Little Wrangler” in the Country Kids Rough Riders Club and is a student at Will Rogers Elementary School.