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2017 New Mexico State Fair Queen

Fair officials are pleased to report that the newly-crowned New Mexico State Fair Queen for 2017 is Erin Christina Arko of Eagle Nest, New Mexico.

Erin was crowned on Saturday, September 17, during the rodeo in Tingley Coliseum. She is the 24 year-old daughter of Barbara and Leo Arko and a graduate of Cimarron High School, where she was a member of the varsity basketball team. Growing up, Erin was five times named the Colfax County outstanding 4-H member, and was active in 4-H for thirteen years. She has been involved in fair and royalty contests since she was six years old, and has acquired six crowns over that time period.

The new state fair queen is a 2015 graduate of New Mexico State University, where she studied Animal Science with an equine emphasis. According to Erin “my lifelong love is our family farm that my grandparents started many years ago. I use my degree to help care for our livestock.” When not tending to the family animals, Erin is employed full time with Shuter Builders LLC, general construction and residential builder in the Angel Fire area, which she says satisfies her interest in “working with my hands and making something amazing out of a pile of material.” She is also employed seasonally with the Village Ski Shop near the Angel Fire Ski Resort.

Erin is excited to begin her reign as the 2017 New Mexico State Fair queen, which she indicates will be an amazing year of making memories.



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2017 New Mexico State Fair Queen Competiton

The New Mexico State Fair Queen title carries enormous honor and prestige. The State Fair Queen represents New Mexico’s great southwestern way of life and exemplifies tomorrow’s leadership among our state’s young women.

The objective of the New Mexico State Fair Queen Contest is to select an official representative of the New Mexico State Fair. The State Fair Queen serves as an ambassador of the New Mexico State Fair and she must exhibit exceptional sportsmanship and high moral and ethical standards.

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2017 New Mexico State Fair Queen Contest

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