Just outside of San Diego, The Lakeside Rodeo celebrated it's 50th anniversary over the weekend. As the Lakeside Rodeo Queen in 1999, Matt's fiance Vanessa was invited to participate in the celebrations!
Here she isâ¦my fiancee Vanessa in 1999 when she won Mrs. Lakeside Rodeo Queen!
â¦and 15 years later getting ready for the 50th Anniversary Rodeo Parade. That's the saddle she won back in 1999.
My Rodeo Queen shortly after the parade.
Vanessa and some of the other Rodeo Queens make their way down the parade route.
Shortly after the parade I was able to shelf my fear of horses long enough to get a hug from the rodeo queen!
Post parade selfie...
I have to admit the cowgirl get-up was working for me all weekend, especially the chaps...
The Cowgirl and the City Slicker.
I got a wave from the Lakeside Rodeo Queen!
Vanessa entering the Lakeside Rodeo when they honored all the past queens.
The former Lakeside Rodeo queens!
Vanessa's parents, Janet and Nate Mendez.
Vanessa and her best friend, and former Lakeside Rodeo queen, April.