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.
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.
Erin was five times named the Colfax County outstanding 4-H member, and was
active in 4-H for thirteen years.
has been involved in fair and royalty contests since she was six years old, and
has acquired six crowns over that time period.
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
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