My name is Savannah McFadden, and I am your 2018 Elbert County Fair Queen. I am so excited to have this opportunity to represent my great county. I am very thankful to be able to share this opportunity with my princess Taylor Hutson.
I am 16 years old and live in Kiowa with my parents Jason and Annette, along with my two brothers, Travis and Jake. Also my amazing Paint horse Xena, along with our two dogs.
Living in Elbert County has allowed me to participate in a variety of things, such as 4H, horses and sports. I attend Kiowa High school, where I am currently on the Honor Roll, play volleyball, manage the girls basketball team and the boys baseball team. I am also a plant of Kiowa Drama. I have had the privilege to ride on the Blazing Saddles Drill Team for the last six years. This amazing club has helped me develop my riding skills as well as meet local royalty. All these wonderful experiences will hopefully help me to grow and strive for my goals to attend Colorado Christian University and major in pediatric nursing and minor in missionary work to share my passion about God and how He has blessed me so much in my life.
As my year began, Taylor and I started at the Lincoln County Fair. Taylor and I had a blast. We then went around to Deer Trail Rodeo. Taylor and I had the opportunity to help with the kids’ stick horse rodeo. We also talked to them about how much fun Elbert County Fair is. Taylor and I also had the opportunity to share with many queens including 2017 and 2018 Miss Rodeo Colorado at the Colorado Association of Fairs. At the beginning of 2018, we had the chance to go to the National Western Stock Show. It was one of the most fun things this year. Not only did I get the chance to meet a lot of state queens, but I met other Local Rodeo Royalty and 2018 Miss Rodeo America. This year as 2018 royalty has been one of the best things that I have ever done. I am so grateful to represent not only Elbert County Fair, but Elbert County as a whole.
I look forward to serving Elbert County and most of all putting a smile on the face of a child. Just as I was once that little girl who took her picture with a queen right here in Elbert County, I only hope to be a role model and person as that of prior Elbert County Royalty.
Hello everyone! My name is Taylor Hutson, and I am honored to serve as your 2018 Elbert County Fair Princess. My family moved to Elbert county in 2009, and I have attended every Elbert County Fair since. I love sharing my love and passion for Elbert County and Elbert County 4H by holding a royalty title.
I have been riding since I was 3 years old, so basically, I have grown up on horseback. From my first pony that I did youth rodeo on to my new gelding, Patrick, that I will be showing this year, there is nothing I enjoy more than riding. And considering I am a 3rd generation horse lover, I guess it’s in my blood.
4H has been an essential part of my life since I was enrolled as a Cloverbud. I have attended and competed at every fair for the last 8 years. My projects have included horse, shooting sports, poultry, swine, dog, scrapbooking and cooking. I have learned so much from each project and gained skills I plan on using the rest of my life. Probably my favorite part of 4H, after fair, is the camps. Youth Fest and Colorado Leadership Camp are my favorites and have allowed me to meet 4Her’s from all over the state.
This year as Princess along with Savannah, Elbert County Queen, we get to attend and experience many unique and fabulous activities. From helping locally with ECCO, Hope Farms and 4H events to state wide adventures at rodeos, CPRA finals, Stock Show and Childrens’ Hospitals, being part of the royalty world has polished my public speaking abilities, shown me a world I didn’t know about and just been a fun adventure. The summer activities will include many rodeos and public appearances along with Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Many people have helped me fulfill my royalty duties and responsibilities. I am so thankful to my parents, Ken and Vicki Hutson, who have been so supportive in transporting me to all my duties and events. Thank you to my brothers, whether it’s Kyle having to pinch hit getting me places or lending me a horse or Nathan getting drug along to another event, they have both been great on this journey. Annette McFadden, Savannah's mom, has been a huge help to me, helping to make sure I get to the events I need to be at and finding awesome shirts for us to wear. I'm grateful to Coordinator Mary Louise Jacobson for making sure we get invited to all of the great events and keeping us on schedule. I would also like to thank the Elbert County Fair Board for their support of our royalty program, especially Kristi Strachan for being the point of contact. I hope to see you at the fairgrounds in Kiowa, CO from July 31st – August 5th for one of the best fairs around.