by Pam Zubeck
Amanda Summers, 19, has been crowned queen of the 2011 El Paso County Fair after the competition was held at the fairgrounds in Calhan over the weekend.
She was chosen over two other contestants for her public speaking, personal interview and horsemanship, the county says in a news release.
The daughter of Brian and Suzanne Summers of Colorado Springs, Amanda is a 2010 graduate of the Classical Academy, graduating summa cum laude. She's now a freshman at Colorado State University, majoring in equine science. She hopes to attend veterinary school.
Amanda currently participates in the Pre-Vet Club, Rodeo Club, Pikes Peak Rangerettes, Serteens and Student Council. She also has been recognized by the National Honor Society and is a former, 11-year member of the Kit Carson 4-H Club, in addition to serving as Royalty for the Kit Carson Riding Club the past 7 years.
This year's theme is “Good Times Start Here,” and fair-goers will be entertained with such attractions as the Wild World of Animals, “America’s Got Talent” magician Jay Mattioli, fishing for the kids in the Blue Waters Promotions fishing tank, and nightly events including auto races, rodeos, bullfighting, Xtreme truck racing, demolition derby and much more.