CARSON CITY — This summer’s Carson City Frontier Days queen is an extra special honor.
Rachel Stoudt, 17, has been named queen of the 45th annual festival, which is celebrating Carson City’s 150th anniversary this year.
Stoudt, a junior at Carson City-Crystal High School, is the daughter of Corvin and Trina Stoudt of Crystal.
She is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Society of High School Scholars and the U.S. Achievement Academy. She plays for the CC-C varsity softball team and volunteers for Carson City Public Library and Toys for Tots. Her hobbies include baking and scrapbooking.
In a change this year, the Frontier Days Committee accepted portfolios from interested queen candidates instead of hosting the typical queen’s pageant.
Shawn Bollinger, a teacher at Carson City-Crystal Area Schools, nominated Stoudt for the honor of being named queen, describing her as caring and compassionate, an exceptional student with a positive attitude and a friendly disposition.
Stoudt is currently on spring break with her softball team and could not be reached for comment for this story.
This year’s Frontier Days will honor the city’s sesquicentennial anniversary, including an opening ceremony in which a special plaque will be presented to city officials.
“We are trying our best to incorporate some historical aspects into the festival,” said Frontier Days Committee member Tami Tasker.
Those historical features will include a beard and mustache contest with categories for craziest mustache, longest beard and best-groomed beard. Judging will take place on June 3 at Cory’s Barber Shop. Winners will receive a mustache and beard grooming kit. Register at carsoncityfrontierdays.com online.
The festival will also have a period costume contest. Costumes can be purchased or handmade and can be from any decade from the 1860s to this current decade. Judging will take place on June 3 at Harvey’s Milling with prizes for males 18 and older, males 17 and younger, females 18 and older and females 17 and younger.
Crafters and vendors interested in participating in this year’s Frontier Days Marketplace on June 3 can download a registration form at carsoncityfrontierdays.com online. The cost for the one-day show is $20 for a 12-by-12 space.
The always popular 12th annual hot air balloon shootout will return this year as well.
Search for “Carson City Frontier Days” on Facebook for more information about this year’s festival, which will take place the first weekend of June.