By Laurie Stone
Roosevelt County Fair Queen, Adrienne Coe, represented her County at the New Mexico State Fair last week. The youngest of 14 girls, she was competing for the title of New Mexico State Fair Queen in Albuquerque.
In the 2003-04 competition, Silver Paiz was the first queen ever chosen from Roosevelt County to win the New Mexico State Fair Queen title and Coe aimed to follow in her footsteps.
Losing the crown to Ashley Stallings of Clovis, Coe went home as first runner-up in the competition.
Knowing that Coe was one of the youngest competitors, Tivis said she wanted her daughter to be in the top five for the crown, but as each event transpired she saw her daughter get better and better which narrowed their sight only on winning.
“The way she carried herself was incredible,” said Donna Tivis, Coe’s mother, describing her demeanor during the competition. “She was very proud, but internally disappointed when she did not win.”
“It’s hard to compete with girls that are more mature than you, but Adrienne did well,” said Coe’s mother.
“I kept telling myself ‘Win or lose, just keep smiling.’” Coe said. “I knew that everyone there was deserving, but whether I won or lost I wanted to be gracious.”
Coe is able to compete for the crown once more, but must wait a year before trying to obtain the crown for State Fair Queen.
Coe has no recent plans to abandon her full schedule of representing Roosevelt County, however. In October, the Elida High School senior plans to run for fair queen in Roswell at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair.
Coe may not have won the state crown, but county officials felt that Coe had won their respect long before the state competition.
“Adrienne will be successful whatever route she takes in life,” said Floyd McAlister, Agricultural Extention Agent. “She’s not afraid to face a challenge. She stands out wherever you see her.”