Coronation day

Competition for the 2003 La Plata County Fair’s royalty was held Saturday, Jan. 4, at the fairgrounds. Several girls between the ages of 16 and 18 showed up from across the county for the competition. In addition to havng to be members of either 4-H or Future Farmers of America, entrants were required to write an essay and have three letters of recommendation. Each girl also was asked a question by each of six judges. In the end, the judges crowned Molly Watson, 18, of Durango High School, as queen. Randy Oris was crowned junior royalty as Watson’s Lady in Waiting.

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Amanda Monroe waits with anticipation before the winners are announced.

Evan Buchanan, Thomas' engineer, hoots and hollers as he prepares to pull out from the station.

Randy Oris accepts her new position as this year's Lady in Waiting.

And the winner is...Molly Watson poses as the new 2003 La Plata County Fair Queen.


Fair attendant Veronica Neil introduces Watson to the podium for her presentation to the judges.

2002 Queen Tristian Jefferson relinquishes her crown, placing the tiara on Watson.





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