Otero County Fair and Rodeo,
                              Alamogordo, New Mexico
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Fair Rodeo Queen Sponsors
Scholarship
   1st National Bank
Scholarship:
   Chris Staley, DVM
   Staley's Veterinary Clinic
   Last Dollar Fabrication, LLC
Crown:
   Mesa Verde Ent., Inc.
Belt Buckle:
   Otero County Fair Association
Former Fair Queens
Nicole Nelson
Nicole Nelson, 2012/13
Nicole Lee, 2011
Nicole Lee, 2011/12
Dani Virden,
                                                  2009/10
Dani Virden, 2009/10
Marissa Guerrero, 2008/09
Marissa Guerrero, 2008/09
Otero County Fair Queen, Otero County Fair/Rodeo Queen Contest Rules

2016
                                        Fair/Rodeo Queen and 2016 Fair
                                        Queen
Loryn Danley, 2016-17 Fair and Rodeo Queen and Hannah Wood, 2016-17 Fair Queen.

Entry Deadline
  June 15th of the current year
 
Contacts:
     Marnee Singer at 575-491-4418
     Joan Howland at 575-430-4075
     Amalia Montoya at 505-690-8581
The Fair Queen as well as the Fair & Rodeo Queen will be allowed to attend community events. The Queens may attend together or independently. The sponsor of the invitation of a community event must contact the Queen Committee for approval.

Demonstration requirements, competition times and locations will be announced at the mandatory orientation.
Otero County Fair/Rodeo Queen
Ages 17-23

Otero County Fair Queen
Ages 14-17

Dusty Diamonds Queen Contest
Ages 6-9

Conduct

  The Otero County Fair and Rodeo Queen and contestants serve as ambassadors of Otero County to the general public, portraying excellence in sportsmanship, high moral and ethical character, and reflect careful and humane treatment of animals. She is expected to act, speak and dress according to the prestige the title deserves at all times.

Eligibility

  Each Queen contestant must:
• be at least 17 and not more than 23 years of age by August 31 of  the year of competition;
• have been a resident of Otero County for 12 consecutive months prior to the entry date; and,
• have never been married or pregnant, and, if selected Queen, must surrender the title if she marries or becomes pregnant or for any reason not be able to fulfill her obligations, in which case the title passes to the 1st Runner-Up in that year's contest.

Entry


  Entry dates will be announced through the various media, and entry deadlines will not be extended.  Each entry must be accompanied by:
• an essay stating your intent and reason you would like to be our Queen;
• fifty dollars ($50.00);
• two (2) studio style 5x7 color pictures (head and shoulder pose); and
• a completed application form.
A minimum of two (2) contestants are required by the deadline in order for a Queen Contest this year.

Division of Judging

  The number of judges may vary from year to year, but will be no less than three (3).  Categories of judging include, but are not limited to, personality and horsemanship.  Judging will also occur in public speaking, appearance and modeling.  Each contestant will take a written test.  A contestant must receive seventy-five percent (75%) of the total score in each judged division to become Queen.

Finality of Judges Scoring

  As a condition of entry into the Queen competition, the contestant agrees the judges’ scoring is final, and not subject to appeal to any person or body, administrative or judicial.

Horsemanship

  Fifty percent (50%) of the total score.  The understanding and skill of the contestant will be judged, not the horse.  However, it is recommended that each contestant have her horse and tack clean and ready for competition.  Please make sure all equipment is in safe and good working order.  A pattern will be selected that each contestant will ride.  Each contestant will be required to mount and dismount, and will have two (2) minutes of free time to ride any pattern of her choice.  No Roman riding or music will be allowed.  However, she must turn her pattern in to the Chairwoman before the competition.  Standard AQHA rules will apply.  Hat, boots, jeans and a white shirt must be worn.

Personality

  Fifty percent (50%) of the total score.  Each contestant will be required to present and deliver a three (3) minute speech (topic to be announced at orientation), will be asked to draw questions to respond to, and answer questions from the judges.  Creativity and presence are looked for during the delivery of the speech.  Each contestant will model an outfit of her choice reflecting the western fashion.  She should have an awareness of fashionable western dress and style with particular attention given to proper fit, style, color and coordination that enhances her total appearance.  Ability to project her personality to people she may have met in a short time, as well as being able to present herself positively in other activities.  Interviews will be conducted by the judges in various situations.  The contestants should realize that they can be judged at any time during the contest, whether formally or informally.

Congeniality

  Each contestant will vote for the congeniality award to be given to the contestant that demonstrates a genuine caring and friendliness toward other contestants throughout the activities.

Attendance

  Attendance will be kept on each contestant's participation in the scheduled clinics and activities.  The record will be given to the judges whose discretion will decide how much weight the contestant's participation will count for her total score.

Queen Requirements

• To compete in the New Mexico State Fair Queen Pageant.  Failure to do so will result in forfeiting the title, gifts, banners, scholarship and all awards;
• to crown next year's Queen at our Fair;
• to perform any other duties asked by the Fair Board and Rodeo Queen Committee; to represent Otero County in parades and functions wearing the crown and banner, and be appropriately dressed.

  All appearances must be approved by the Committee, and the crown and banner cannot be worn to any function without said approval; and,
• must participate on horseback in her crowning and all Grand Entries, as well as the crowning and Grand Entry of next year's Queen.

First Runner-Up Requirements

  A First Runner-Up will be named but will not participate in the year's activities.  In the event the Queen does not fulfill her requirements as previously stated, the 1st Runner-up will assume the title, as long as she qualifies as stated above.  The only way 1st Runner-Up could receive the awards given the Queen would be if the Queen did not compete in the New Mexico State Fair Queen Pageant that year.

Awards

  Awards will be presented to category winners, the Queen will be crowned, and the First Runner-Up will be named.  The Queen will remain to sign agreements and all other contestants will be dismissed.
Any cash or scholarship prizes will not be awarded until after the fulfillment of the State Fair Queen contest requirement.  The Queen will get the crown and buckle to wear during the year at her appearances, but will surrender them if she does not compete in the State Fair Queen contest.
Conduct

  The Otero County Fair Queen and contestants serve as ambassadors of Otero County to the general public, portraying excellence in sportsmanship, high moral and ethical character, and reflect careful and humane treatment of animals.  She is expected to act, speak and dress according to the prestige the title deserves at all times.

Eligibility

  Each Fair Queen contestant must:
• be at least 14 and not more than 17 years of age at the time of entry;
• must be in high school at the time of competition and throughout her reign.
• have been a resident of Otero County for 12 consecutive months prior to the entry date; and,
• have never been married or pregnant, and, if selected Queen, must surrender the title if she marries or becomes pregnant or for any reason not be able to fulfill her obligations, in which case the title passes to the 1st Runner-Up in that year’s contest.

Entry

  Entry dates will be announced through the various media, and entry deadlines will not be extended.  Each entry must be accompanied by:
• an essay stating your intent and reason you would like to be our Queen;
• fifty dollars ($50.00);
• two (2) studio-style 5x7 color pictures (head and shoulder pose); and
• a completed application form.


Contest requirements

• All contestants must be comfortable with large and small livestock.  This will include, but is not limited to, steer, heifer, horses, swine, lambs, goats, rabbits and poultry.
• The Fair Queen Entrant will participate in demonstration, speech, impromptu questions, interview, modeling, and written test.
• All contestants must enter an exhibit in the fair.  If the Fair Queen is showing livestock that may qualify as the entry into the fair; live animals will not be allowed as a demonstration.  If the Fair Queen has an animal in a livestock show, she may remove her hat, crown, and sash to comply with the livestock dress code.
• Demonstrations will be held at the time of the Otero County Fair & Rodeo and Fair Queen contests.
• The Fair Queen will be at all Junior Livestock events during the Fair.
• The Fair Queen will be required to attend the Junior Livestock sale and be available for photos until the end of the sale. If the Fair Queen has an animal in the sale, she will be given the opportunity to present her animal.  She may wear her hat, sash and crown for the sale photograph but must be in compliance with the dress code while in the sale ring.
• The Fair Queen will be required to crown the new title holder at the Otero County Fair the following year.


Conduct

  The Otero County Fair Dusty Diamonds and contestants serve as ambassadors of Otero County to the general public, portraying excellence in sportsmanship, high moral and ethical character, and reflect careful and humane treatment of animals. She is expected to act, speak, and dress according to the prestige the title deserves at all times. Parents of Dusty Diamonds and parents of contestants must also adhere to the rules of conduct.

Eligibility

*There will be a limit of 10 contestants in this age category*

  Each Dusty Diamond contestant must:
• Be at least 6 years of age by August 1 and not have reached the age of 10 by August 1 of year of entry.
• Have been a resident of Otero County for 12 consecutive months prior to the entry date.
• Hold no other titles during their tenure as a Dusty Diamond.

Entry

  Entry dates will be announced through the various media, and entry deadlines will not be extended. Each entry must be accompanied by:
• An essay stating your intent and reason you would like to be our Dusty Diamond.
• Fifty dollars ($50.00).
• Two (2) studio-style 5x7 color photos (head and shoulders pose).
• Completed application form.

Contest Requirements

• All contestants must be comfortable with large and small livestock. These livestock include, but are not limited to steer, heifer, horse, swine, lamb, rabbit, and poultry.
• The Dusty Diamond entrant will participate in modeling, impromptu questions, and personal interview.
• Must enter an exhibit into the fair. If the Dusty Diamond is showing livestock that may qualify as the entry into the fair, she may remove her hat, sash and crown for the sale photograph but must be in compliance with the dress code while in the sale ring.

  The Dusty Diamond will be allowed to attend community events that are age appropriate. The parent or the sponsor of the invitation of the community event must contact the Queen Committee for approval. The Dusty Diamond will only be allowed to attend in the company of the Fair Queen or the Fair and Rodeo Queen.

  Demonstration requirements, competition times and locations will be announced at the mandatory orientation.


The Dusty Diamond will participate in the following:
• Livestock shows to hand out ribbons
• Fair Parade
• Cottonwood Festival
• Fourth of July Parade
• Christmas Parade
• Veterans Day Parade
• Other events deemed suitable for the age

Prizes and Awards
• Crown
• Sash
• Buckles:
If the parent(s)/guardian(s) would like to their Dusty Diamond have a buckle: they may consult the Queen Committee for guidance in purchasing their child a buckle.

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Otero County Fair Association
401 Fairgrounds Road, Alamogordo, New Mexico 88310

Phone: (575) 434-0788

oterocountyfair@yahoo.com

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