Calling all queens

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If you are a pretty good public speaker, are personable and know how to ride a horse, the El Paso County Fair Queen Committee wants you to apply to become the 2011 queen. You can't be married, and must be between 18 and 22 and live within the county.

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The four key judging areas will be application, public speaking, personal interview and horsemanship.

Application packets are available online, and the deadline for applying is 3 p.m., March 3. The contest will be held at 9 a.m., March 19.

In case you don't know how to be a queen, a "Queen Clinic" will be be offered on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Calhan.

"All aspiring Fair Queen contestants are strongly encouraged to attend this clinic, which will provide valuable information and tips in all areas of the Queen Contest," the county says in a news release.

Clinic participants will be charged a $20 fee, which will cover lunch.

A clothing sale will take place immediately following the clinic and will include queen outfits and an assortment of western attire for all to purchase. If you want to participate in the Queen Clinic or contribute items to the clothing sale, RSVP to Pam Dawson at 719/749-2342, no later than Feb. 10.

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