The Crawford County Fair and Rodeo Queen and Princess coronations were held last night during the 98th annual Crawford County Fair Rodeo.
It was a close competition, with the Queen and Princess winning their titles by a margin of fewer than five points each.
In the end, the title of this year’s Crawford County Fair and Rodeo Queen went to Samantha Milburn, 17-year-old daughter of Deb and Jay Russell and Tim and Christy Milburn. Samantha attends Fort Scott High School and has been a member of 4-H for 10 years.
The title of the first ever Crawford County Fair and Rodeo Princess went to Cye Scott, 10-year-old daughter of Stephanie Scott. The Erie resident has been a member of the Lucky Riders 4-H club for four years.
The new Queen and Princess are now official 4-H ambassadors and Fair representatives and will attend community events promoting youth agriculture, rodeo and 4-H in and around Crawford County throughout the next year.
Contestants were also recognized for their accomplishments while taking part in the competition’s individual categories.
The title of Miss Congeniality went to Queen contestant Rebecca Wright and Princess contestant Katy Stephan, and the winners of the Horsemanship and Speech and Interview portions were Milburn and Scott.
This year also saw the introduction of a new contest for the Queen and Princess competitions which awarded a $500 education savings bond to the contestant that sold the most rodeo or raffle tickets. Milburn won, selling $1,630 worth of tickets.