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Fair Royalty Prepares for the Big Day in Prowers County

Jaelin Parker and Emma Widener

Tuesday, August 8th, will be a big day for Prowers County Fair Queen and Princess, Emma Widener of Lamar and Jaelin Parker of Wiley.  That’s the day they’ll see who will be the new Royalty for the 2017-2018 year following the Royalty Contest that begins at 5:30pm that afternoon in Elmer’s Garden at the Prowers County Fairgrounds.

Widener, a senior and Parker, a freshman have had a busy season since winning their contest last year, and their duties still aren’t over. There’s still numerous events at the fair, including the 10am parade they’ll take part in on Saturday, August 12th.

Wagner said, “We’ll be at the fair every day with something going on.” Parker added, “We’ve been trying to increase the number of participants for this year and we have almost twice as many this year as we did when we had four contestants the year before.”  Wynter Dorenkamp has been the coordinator for the Royalty contest for several years and said, “We use as many means as possible to inform the young girls of the contest, including facebook and social media and through the schools.”  She acknowledged that horsemanship plays a specific role in the contest and duties of being a Queen or Princess and contestants have to have their own horse.

Widener said that following the contest, the focus shifts onto community involvements, but before that, it’s the contest that occupies everyone’s mind. She said she’s thinking ahead, possibly to trying out for the Arkansas Valley Royalty or Miss Rodeo Colorado.  She and Parker will represent the county in the Pueblo State Fair later in August.  Widener has also taken part in this year’s Greeley Stampede.

Dorenkamp said one highlight this year for the fair will be the presence of Lisa Lageschaar, Miss Rodeo America. “We were able to book her to appear this past January and that came about while we were in Colorado Springs and learned of the availability.  This will give all the contestants and the royalty a chance to be informed about what it takes to reach this level.

By Russ Baldwin

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