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Meet the Garfield County Fair royalty

Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
John Gardner Citizen Telegram
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19 years old, resident of RifleRifle High School graduateHobbies: Riding her horse Ruby, raising cattle, showing all species of livestock, woodworking, FFAHonors & Awards:• National Bronze Award in Foliage Production• 2010 Queens Attendant for Garfield County• 2010 Outstanding Junior FFA Member• 2010/2011 Rifle FFA Treasurer• 2010/2011 Colorado River District Executive member• 2009/2010 Rifle FFA Reporter• Rifle FFA Placement Star Chapter Award Winner• Washington Leadership Conference Scholarship recipient• Star Green Hand FFA Member• 2008/2009 Senior Herdsman for Garfield County Fair• Reserve Champion Market Steer winnerWhat is your most memorable County Fair experience as Fair Royalty?There is not really just one. I just like being up in the stands with the kids the most. I love riding my horse, but I really enjoy being with the people. Who is your role model and what do you think makes a good role model?My mom. She’s always there to support me and push me through the hard times, especially when I don’t want to get out of bed.Have you always wanted to be fair queen?No. Last year my friend Amber Baker had a really hard time. She lost some friends in a car accident and didn’t feel like doing (Fair Royalty). She asked me to do it with her, so I decided to. And last year I really loved it, so I decided to do it again this year.What does it mean to be the Garfield County Fair Queen?It’s very important because we don’t represent the fair only half of the summer, or part of the year, we do it all year long.What advice would you give to young girls who want to one day be Fair Queen?Never give up. Always have a smile on your face and always try your best.

16 years old, resident of SiltCoal Ridge High School studentHobbies: 4-H, raising cattle, basketball, volleyball, golf, hunting, camping, showing horses and barrel racing.Honors & Awards:• 2008 CQHSA Grand Champion Novice• 2009 CQHSA Reserve Champion 14-18• 2010 Garfield County Grand Champion Breeding SheepWhat is your most memorable County Fair experience as Fair Royalty?Right before you go in to the arena, at every single rodeo, you get all nervous and jumpy, and you get all excited. And then, as soon as you get into the arena, you relax and it’s the most amazing feeling ever.What does it mean to be part of Fair Royalty?It’s an honor to be a person that all the young kids look up to, and all the people look to. You’re the representation of the county and the rodeo, so it’s a really important job.Who is your role model and what do you think makes a good role model?My dad is my role model, because he’s always so relaxed and takes the hardest situations and makes the best out of them.What is the responsibility of the Lady-in-Waiting?You’re the step down from the queen. If the queen can’t perform her duties, I perform her duties. I also help her throughout the year at different events.What advice would you give to young girls who want to one day be fair royalty?As long as you have fun with it, you can make any situation good.

14 years old, resident of RifleRiverside Middle School studentHobbies: Volleyball, riding horses, rodeo, Honors Choir, mentoring underclassmen in writing and math, and helping seniorsHonors & Awards:• 2010 National Western High Point Youth Mule• 2008/2009 qualifier for NBHA World in Jackson, MS• 2009 NBHA Open 4D Top Time• 2009 Reserve Grand Champion 4-H lamb• 2009 Reserve Champion 4-H mid weight beef• 2007 3D Reserve Champion NBHA• 2007/2008/2009/2010 Sheep Project presidentWhat is your most memorable County Fair experience as Fair Royalty?Being in the arena with my horse, carrying the flag and seeing the people cheering and smiling. Being out there with all the lights on you is very fun, enjoyable, exciting, nerve-wracking, all at once. But it’s a lot of fun.Who is your role model and what do you think makes a good role model?My mom. She’s always been there for me. She’s always said never give up and always keep trying. She keeps pushing me forward even when I don’t want to do it. Even when I fall, she helps me back up. A good role model is someone who always keeps pushing you forward, keeps you going and never gives up on you. My mom’s done that for me ever since I was little.What does it mean for you to be part of Fair Royalty?Being part of Fair Royalty, even being the Princess, is an honored and respected position. I take it very seriously. What are the responsibilities of the Fair Princess?To work with the Queen and the Lady-in-Waiting in planning for events, and we carry in the flags at the rodeos, sign autographs, and we all work together as a team to represent the fair.What advice would you give to young girls who want to one day be fair queen?It’s very nerve-wracking. The girls trying out now should keep their heads up high, smile, never let themselves down, always push forward, always trust themselves and just have a good time being part of it.


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