Los Alamos’ new royalty

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By Kirsten Laskey

Donned with shiny crowns on their cowboy hats and satin sashes looped over their shoulders, Brittany Robbins and Katelyn Littleton look like royalty, which is fitting because Robbins is this year’s Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo queen and Littleton is the princess.

Both embrace the responsibility of ruling over the county event.

“I enjoy the responsibility quite a lot,” Robbins said.

She added, “And who doesn’t like getting dressed up with all her bling, bling?”

Littleton said, “It’s a lot of responsibility. A lot of little girls look up to you so it’s great to be a role model.”

As queen and princess, Robbins said their main duty is to promote the rodeo. To do this, Robbins said they will attend the fair and parade, participate in the Queen’s Run and attend mini-rodeos throughout the summer to represent Los Alamos.

The local county fair and rodeo will be held Aug. 7-9.

As queen, Robbins will also get to attend the state competition for New Mexico State Fair Queen in September.

Robbins has experience in being royalty. She served as princess in 2005 and 2006 and she was queen in 2007.

For Littleton, however, it is her first time to wear the princess crown.

One of the things she said she is eager to experience as princess is riding in the parade and being recognized as a rodeo and fair princess. Additionally, Littleton said she is excited for the Queen’s Run.

“I love meeting new people with many different gifts and talents,” Robbins said. “I love being able to support the county and the rodeo.”

During the competition for selecting this year’s royalty, Littleton was the only competitor for princess and Robbins competed against another girl for queen.

The competition was held May 9 and required  performing riding patterns.

Robbins said the judges set one pattern and the competitors create a second pattern.

Competitors then model an outfit, present a speech and participate in an interview.

“It’s a lot of work but rewarding,” Robbins said.

Robbins will hang up her queen crown for good after this year’s fair.

She explained the county rules do not allow a person to hold the title for more than two years.

Littleton is not sure if she will compete again for a chance to wear a crown.

Outside of the fair and rodeo, Robbins just finished her sophomore semester at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and Littleton is a freshman at Los Alamos High School.

People can see Littleton and Robbins in action during the Queen’s Horse Show, which will begin at 9 a.m. June 13 at the Los Alamos County Fairgrounds. Littleton and Robbins helped plan the event.  

Equestrian and Western style horse riding classes will be offered.

The fee is $5 a class before the registration deadline on June 10. On June 10 and afterwards, the fee increases to $6.

Visit the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center to register.