In 1963 the first Miss Rodeo Washington was chosen in September and competed for Miss Rodeo America just a few months later. The Miss Rodeo Washington Pageant was held annually during the Othello Rodeo. In 1971 the directors made the decision to change the timing of how Miss Rodeo Washington was selected. During the 1971 pageant two women were chosen. The winner held the title for the duration of 1971 while the first runner up became Miss Rodeo Washington 1972 allowing each new Miss Rodeo Washington a few months to prepare for her year of reign rather than being crowned and going directly to the Miss Rodeo America Pageant.