County fair royalty candidates sought

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— Local girls between the ages of 15 and 19 who are skilled in horsemanship are encouraged to apply for the Routt County Fair and Rodeo Royalty to fill the lady-in-waiting vacancy.

"It's a great experience," 2001 fair queen Kaycee Samuelson said. "I wish more girls would try out. You get to meet so many people and do so many things."

The fair queen and her lady in waiting, who inherits the queen spot the next year, represent the fair, promote fair activities and hold a responsibility to be a role model for other local girls, Samuelson said.

The girls also participate in most of the annual parades in the county, hand out ribbons at the fair and travel out of the county to other events. This year Samuelson and her lady in waiting, Cassidy Kurtz, went to a queen seminar in Pueblo and will go to Cheyenne Frontier Days later this month to represent Routt County.

"This is a great program to help develop leadership skills," said Jean Morrow, a staffer at the Routt County Extension Office who works with the fair royalty.

Morrow said the fair royalty gets put in a position where they have to develop strong communication and interpersonal skills.

"It's neat to see the girls go through that," she said.

On Aug. 19, Samuelson will pass on the queen title to Kurtz and a new lady in waiting will be named.

Interested girls need to fill out an application from the Extension office, in the Routt County Courthouse Annex. They will then be interviewed by a committee, give a speech in front of the Routt County Fair Board and compete in a horsemanship event, Morrow said.

For more information call Morrow at the Extension office at 879-0825 or Samuelson at 638-4638.

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