By Lillian Bowe
Krista Avritt was crowned Roosevelt County Fair Queen last year. The process involved her having to go through an interview process, show off her horsemanship skills, recite a speech, model and answer an impromptu question.
Avritt was a senior in Elida at the time, traveling around the county and even competing for the chance to be State Fair Queen.
As Avritt ends her reign this week and a new fair queen crowned, she said she will miss being fair queen and being able to represent the county she grew up in.
“I will miss interacting with the kids and the feeling of just having my crown on,” Avritt said.
Avritt will be at this year’s fair handing out ribbons at the livestock shows and interacting with people
Avritt is currently attending Clovis Community College, pursuing a career in radiology.
What are you going to miss the most about being fair queen?
I’m going to miss traveling everywhere and going behind the scenes at fairs and see what’s going on. I will also miss the kids I interacted with. Being queen was a great experience and a lot of fun.
Why did you chose to pursue radiology?
When I was looking at my career choices, I saw that radiology gives me the opportunity to excel and it is not a dead-end type job. There is room to improve and grow. There are always new opportunities in this field.
What did you do when you competed for State Fair Queen last year?
I went to the State Fairgrounds and we had two rounds of horse riding, a speech and a personal interview. We also hung out with special needs kids and met a lot of other people around the fair. You learn a lot about yourself during that time. It showed me how being fair queen really improved my social and life skills.
What do you look forward to the most at this year’s fair?
I love the dances. The two-step’n, swing music, just all the dances they have. It is so much fun. Also on Saturday, I love to watch the pet show and see the kids participate in it. They just have so much fun at it. It’s fun to watch.
How long have you been riding and what do you love the most about it?
All my life. Like 18 years. I love the relationship you develop with your horse. They just become your best friend.
Will you keep riding while you’re in college?
Yes, I’m involved in barrel racing. I will definitely keep riding.