Miss Fiesta Crowned State Fair Queen

Fair officials say they are pleased to report that the newly crowned New Mexico State Fair Queen for 2018 is Clara Rabenau of Sierra County.
Clara was crowned on Saturday, September 16 during the rodeo in Tingley Coliseum. She is the 17-year-old daughter of William and Loretta Rabenau. She is homeschooled and a high school senior. She enjoys reading, hunting, archery competitions, riding and 4-H activities. Clara has participated in several other fair queen competitions at the local level, and holds the title “Miss Fiesta” for the 2017 Truth or Consequences Fiesta. She is very proud of her community and her roots as a self-described ranch girl.

Miss Fiesta 2017


Celebrating a festive “Cinco De Mayo” theme, ten young ladies from the local area joined to compete for the 2017 Miss Fiesta crown at the Truth or Consequences (T-or-C) Civic Center’s Ralph Edwards Auditorium Saturday, April 15.
The evening’s climax saw judges select Clara Rabenau as Miss Fiesta 2017. Rabenau, who only moments before was chosen by her fellow contestants as this year’s Miss Congeniality, was obviously surprised when her name was called and shed a few tears of joy on her way to center stage.
Rabenau graciously accepted the coveted title and heartfelt congratulations from her fellow competitors, as well as the traditional Miss Fiesta crown, sash and bouquet of flowers.
Joining with Rabenau to form the 2017 Miss Fiesta Royal Court will be Rayven Baca, who was selected as the event’s First Runner-up, and Karina Gonzalez, who took home Second Runner-up honors.

Miss Fiesta 2017


Contestants for this Saturday’s Miss Fiesta Contest have spent the last week practicing new dance steps and getting everything else in line for the annual competition. Meanwhile, a team of volunteers has focused on coaching the young ladies and preparing T-or-C’s Ralph Edwards Auditorium for the big event. Look inside for contestant biographies and other details.

Eleven Compete for Miss Fiesta Crown

Eleven young ladies will compete for the title of Miss Fiesta Saturday evening at 7:00 in the Ralph Edwards Audium at the T-or-C Civic Center on West Fourth Street.

This week’s Sierra County Senitnel features a special section featuring each young lady and her bio.