New Queen Crowned for Benton County Fair

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Benton County Fair and Rodeo announced their queen for 2013. Alyssa Chart, 19, was crowned next year’s queen in a strong competition among three contestants.

“Ever since I was on the Benton County 4-H Horse Court, I knew I would eventually love to be queen,” Chart said. “I work well with others and will do everything it takes and more to make this year as successful as it can possibly be.”

Chart is a graduate of West Albany High School where she graduated with an honors diploma. She was a two-year member of National Honor Society and received the award of Junior Handler of the Year in 2008 for her skills in showing dogs.

Chart is no dual-enrolled in Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University’s animal science programs. She plans to get her bachelor’s degree in animal science, have a career in veterinary medicine, and ultimately own an equine boarding facility.

Chart’s passion for the Benton County Fair and Rodeo and her enthusiasm for serving as a traveling ambassador, won the judges over.

“I have loved going to fairs and rodeos for as long as I can remember,” Chart said. “I’ve always been drawn to the atmosphere, crowd and, of course, watching the rodeo events.”

Chart will officially become queen on Jan. 1 during a banner year for the Benton County Fair and Rodeo. The event will celebrate its 100th year in August 2013.

As the Queen, Chart will promote and participate in the event and represent Benton County as a goodwill ambassador in 15 fairs, rodeos and parades across the state next year.

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