Element of surprise adds to queen event

Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent

This year a twist was thrown into the revealing of next year’s 2006 Roosevelt County Fair Queen, Princess and Sweetheart, that twist being surprise.

Usually, the fair royalty contestants are told ahead of time whether or not they won in the area they were contending, but this year they were informed along with the onlookers which made for a few nervous moments and unexpected joy for fair queen selection Leeanne Bispo.

Desiree Markham, the Roosevelt County Fair Queen for 2005, crowned Bispo as Queen for 2006 during Friday’s ceremonies.

Next year’s Princess for is Kayla Hight and Mikaela Comb was crowned as Sweetheart. These ladies will represent Roosevelt County for one year. They will also help promote next year’s Roosevelt County Fair, the 100th.

Now that she has the crown, Bispo has no plan in sight to trim the pace from her rigorous schedule. She plans to continue training in order to be ready for next year’s state fair competition and is eagerly looking forward to representing her county.

“It feels great to win,” Bispo said. “I wasn’t expecting this at all. This was a close competition and the other girl, Iyshea Pareo, did a wonderful job.”

Bispo is the 17-year-old daughter of Larry and Jerry Bispo. The senior-to-be at Portales High School is a member of the Rodeo and Show 4-H Club, American Junior Paint Horse Association, Little Wranglers Junior Rodeo Association, the National Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society.

Bispo was the 2003 fair princess and a runner-up for the 2005 princess title.

Markham said there was a lot involved in her title as Roosevelt County’s Fair Queen for 2005. She attended parades, local fairs, promoted Roosevelt County by communicating to the public through radio and TV spots.

She felt her experiences provided her with an opportunity to practice since she will soon major in broadcast journalism at Eastern New Mexico University.