Reporter’s notebook: Local woman runner-up for queen

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer

Brianne Aucutt of Clovis was first runner-up last month in the New Mexico State Fair Queen contest in Albuquerque.

The Texas Tech sophomore represented Curry County as the reigning Pioneer Days Rodeo Queen. She competed against 11 other young women from New Mexico.

Aucutt was judged on personality, horsemanship and appearance. Activities included personal interview, prepared speech, impromptu questions, modeling, a photo session, rodeo performances and a written test.

The 20-year-old received a sterling silver buckle and a $50 cash award.

Wilma Fulgham, Miss Rodeo New Mexico pageant director, said Aucutt represented Curry County well.

“It was a very close contest,” Fulghan said.

Brooklyn Chester, who represented Eddy County, was crowned queen.

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Tonya Fennell. Suggested items may be mailed to Managing Editor Rick White at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is: rwhite@cnjonline.com