Socorro queen takes second place for state fair queen title

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Socorro’s 2011 County Fair Queen Leslie Ramzel placed second in the State Fair queen competition. As a competitor to claim the title for queen, she had to speak to the audience, demonstrate her riding abilities, carry flags and do what the judges asked of her.

Fifty percent of what the judges were looking for was horsemanship and the rest was personality. With horsemanship, she had to ride around a set pattern for two days, and perform a freestyle with her horse. For the personality aspect, she had a personal interview, gave a speech, modeled a dress and performed impromptu, Ramzel said.

She also had to take a test with 15 written questions. Five questions were on rodeo, five on New Mexico and five on the state fair.

“I had the specific qualities they (the judges) looked for,” Ramzel said. “For someone who represented western heritage and could speak to the audience.”

Ramzel worked on her horsemanship and talked to people.

“It was so much fun because everyone was their own person,” she said.

Ramzel and the other fellow competitors became close friends, she said. There were nine girls, each representing a different county. The competition was tough, but her favorite part was hanging out with the other girls and seeing them as friends instead of competitors, she said.

She received a buckle that reads: “New Mexico State Fair Queen, First Attendant 2013.”