The Fiesta Day program was a winner all around at the Arkansas Valley Fair in Rocky Ford on Wednesday.
The Fiesta Day program was a winner all around at the Arkansas Valley Fair in Rocky Ford on Wednesday. Starting out with a performance by the Koshare Dancers, the eating contests provided a humorous interlude before the serious business of the Fiesta Queen Contest. Leon Valencia was master of ceremonies with the assistance of co-organizer Tracy Cordova.
The judges must have had a hard time deciding on the queen, for each girl, Rayann Remick, a senior in high school from La Junta, and Marlene Garcia, a 15-year-old sophomore from Manzanola, each had very strong points. Remick made a speech about how she learned about her heritage at a family reunion and Garcia told about the family coming to this country as immigrant farm workers. Remick did a karaoke performance for talent and Garcia did a dance from her native state in Mexico. Both girls were outstandingly gracious and had good stage presence, but Remick was the better speaker overall and was crowned queen.
The Fiesta Prince was Brian Valencia and the Fiesta Princess was Raelynn Sabrina Tafoya. These were decided by ticket sales as well as performance.
The Grupo Folklorico del Pueblo gave a colorful and lively performance as the evening's entertainment. The little performers with Michoacan Fishing Story almost stole the show, but the performance overall showed great ability and skill, performing favorite dances from various Mexican states as well as dances familiar to many from colonial New Mexico.