PENDLETON, Oregon – Josilyn Fullerton of Dayton, Washington will be the queen of the 2020 Pendleton Round-Up. Her princesses are Makayla “Kayla” Fossek of Pendleton, Lyla Lindquist of Pendleton, Lauren Makin of Wallowa, and Kaleigh White of Dayton, Washington. The royalty for the 110th Round-Up are being introduced to the media today at a breakfast in their honor at the home of Doug Corey of Adams.
Josilyn Fullerton is the 20-year-old daughter of Greg and Nikki Fullerton. She graduated from Dayton High School and now attends Walla Walla Community College. She is a member of the WWCC rodeo team competing in barrel racing and goat tying. The new queen majors in agricultural business and animal science.
She served as a princess for the 2018 Round-Up and was queen of the Walla Walla Frontier Days in 2016.
“I am excited to represent the community,” she said in a prepared release. “This is the opportunity of a lifetime. I am excited for our journey this year alongside my fellow court members.”
Kayla Fossek, 19, is the daughter of Robert and Jennifer Fossek. She graduated from Pendleton High School where she was active in FFA, played volleyball and was an honor student. She is currently attending Blue Mountain Community College.
Fossek has participated in the American Indian Beauty Pageant and was one of the two 2019 Happy Canyon princesses. She is one of a few women named to both the Happy Canyon and rodeo courts.
“I have never missed a Pendleton Round-Up in my 18 years, and I want to be added to the list of ladies that have served on both sides of the fence.”
Lyla Lindquist, 21, is the daughter of Jennifer Keeton. She is a Pendleton High School graduate and is currently attending Blue Mountain Community College, pursuit a degree in agriculture business. She plans a career as a florist.
Lindquist has been a pennant bearer and pushes cattle for Round-Up. Her mother is also a volunteer. They moved to Pendleton from California and the princess attended her first rodeo when she was 10.
“I was blown away by the power and grace of the ladies on the Pendleton Round-Up court,” she said.
Lauren Makin, 20, is the daughter of Bryan and Kit Makin. She graduated Joseph Charter School and attended Eastern Oregon University. Although her hometown is Wallowa, she is living in Pendleton and is a dental assistant for Dr. Robert Alan Pratt.
Makin was princess for the 2015 Eastern Oregon Livestock Show. In 2016, she reigned as queen of Chief Joseph days.
“I am excited to connect with the community and be a part of the Round-Up tradition,” she said. “I want to join prior Round-Up court members to be part of a special experience representing the community and the Pendleton Round-Up.”
Kaleigh White, 18, is the daughter of Fred and Kelly White. She graduated from Dayton High School, where she won awards and scholarships to pursue a political science degree from Gonzaga University.
She was Washington Junior Rodeo queen and has a rich family history of involvement in the Round-Up, beginning with her great-great-great uncles Roy and Chauncey Bishop who were Round-up directors. Her great aunt Melinda Bishop MacColl and her grandmother Becky Bishop Martin were princesses, and her aunt, Whitney White Hunt was a princess in 2005 and queen in 2007.
“I have been dreaming of this moment since I was 4 years old,” she stated. “I am proud and honored to continue our family involvement with the Pendleton Round-Up for 110 years.”
Photos provided by Pendleton Round-Up.