Dan Wilhelm, NRA Field Representative for Northern California, wrote this story about the Taft Friends of NRA sponsoring the daughter of their co-chairman to be a member of the celebration's court and help promote events in the town.
Taft, California, home of the Taft Friends of NRA, recently celebrated its 100th anniversary October 15-24 during Oildorado Days. Oildorado is a celebration held every 5 years in Taft to pay homage to the hardy men and women who migrated to this dusty southwestern corner of the San Joaquin Valley when oil seeps were detected shortly after the turn of the century.
Oildorado runs for 10 days, and has something for everyone – a grand parade, melodrama, queen pageant, symphony, entertainment, car show, civic luncheon, carnival, World War II aircraft exhibit and fly-in, art and craft fair, oilfield skills contests and much more.
Taft Friends of NRA sponsored one of the Maids of Petroleum Queen candidates by holding a committee gun raffle to fund the sponsor fee. Aimee Milner, beautiful daughter of Travis (Co-Chairman of Taft Friends of NRA), and Angie Milner, was selected, as their candidate. Aimee competed with nineteen other young women, who were sponsored by various local organizations.
Aimee is a senior at Taft Union High School. She enjoys shooting with her Dad, playing 2nd base during softball season, attending church youth group, is a scorekeeper in the athletic department, involved in FFA, and is an honor roll student. Aimee has a sister, Allison, and brother, TJ.
Although Aimee was not crowned the Oildorado Queen, she proudly represented Taft Friends of NRA. She could be spotted around town wearing her NRA belt buckle, and NRA earrings and necklace. Taft Friends of NRA was printed in the program as Aimee’s sponsor, and listed on the Oildorado Days web site.