Fair officials are pleased to report that the newly-crowned New Mexico State Fair Queen for 2018 is Clara Rabenau of Sierra County.
Clara was crowned on Saturday, September 16, during the rodeo in Tingley Coliseum. She is the 17 year-old daughter of William and Loretta Rabenau. She is homeschooled and a high school senior. She enjoys reading, hunting, archery competitions, riding and 4-H activities. Clara has participated in several other fair queen competitions at the local level, and holds the title “Miss Fiesta” for the 2017 Truth or Consequences Fiesta. She is very proud of her community and her roots as a self described ranch girl.
After completing high school, Clara plans to attend Dona Ana Community College in Las Cruces and pursue a paramedic certification. Her future goals are to work at her community hospital in Truth or Consequences part time while devoting the rest of her time to working at the family ranch. Clara has expressed that as the 2018 New Mexico State Fair Queen, she is most excited about having the opportunity to share her love of the rodeo life, all things horses, and the 4-H programs that have been such an important influence in her life. She looks forward to being an ambassador for the state fair because it encompasses all of those elements of the ranching way of life that she holds dear.