OGDEN -- It's not often that you meet a fan so passionate about an activity that everyone involved knows her by name.
But that's the case with Cindy Brunson.
She has become an important "who's who" in the Utah rodeo queen scene.
She is also well-known among those involved with Ogden Pioneer Days.
"She never misses an event," said Angi Prevedel Kellett, Miss Rodeo Utah of 2003, who lives in West Haven. "Supporters like her are unmatchable."
But Cindy has never competed in any horse event. She's never been in a rodeo.
Her only claim to fame is her top fan support.
"The last few years, I'm always No.1 in line," she said of the Ogden Pioneer Days ticket sales.
She said she gets in line at
1 p.m. the afternoon before the morning the tickets go on sale.
"It's kind of a fun night," she said, noting that her husband, Gordon, comes along.
"We sit out. We take our Nooks and iPads. You get talking to people who start coming."
She said when rodeo personnel show up in the morning to hand out juice and donuts to those in line, they've gotten so chummy with Brunson, they ask her to help them set up the snacks.
And that friendly spirit is just how the 53-year-old feels about backing the contestants she admires so darn much.
"My uncle took me to the rodeo when I was 10- or 11-years-old," she said, about the uncle who helped behind the chutes at the event.
"I thought the queens were just gorgeous and so beautiful," she said.
Brunson remembers getting an autograph from Connie Della Lucia Robinson, who was 1974 Miss Rodeo Utah and 1975 Miss Rodeo America.
"I thought I was big stuff getting this autograph from a queen," she said.
And those who work behind the scenes now seem to have as much admiration for Brunson as she does for the rodeo queens and the rodeo.
"Cindy is one of the most genuinely kind ladies I have ever met," said Carla Whitaker, of Kaysville, who's daughter, Jenna Whitaker Hirschi, was Miss Rodeo Utah in 2007.
"She is so supportive of all the girls -- always there to help or cheer on wherever needed," she said of Brunson.
Kellett said Brunson is one of a kind.
"Cindy has a heart of gold, and I always look forward to seeing her smiling face," said Kellett, who has overseen several Miss Rodeo Utah galas.
Brunson said she became involved in 2006 on the night that Cami Cushing McBride was named Miss Rodeo Utah.
The extreme fan had called the rodeo office to say she was interested in volunteering but had been told she was not needed.
As she congratulated Utah's new first lady of rodeo, Brunson offered to help with her fundraising gala.
And she hasn't missed a gala since.
Brunson helped with table settings at first, but it wasn't long before her real calling, organizing a bake sale for the annual event, became known.
"People come up to me all the time and tell me what great cinnamon rolls I make," she said.
And Whitaker backed up that claim.
"She makes the best cinnamon rolls!!!" Whitaker wrote in an email.
"We can always count on seeing her at all of the queening events, with her beautiful smile, saying something positive to all of the girls as well as their families."
And Brunson said she gets as much from the rodeo queens as they ever get from her.
In her home, she often shows off a scrapbook of rodeo queen memorabilia she has faithfully collected that goes back to 1986. And she smiles as she recalls the story behind each and every item.