Hello all, I am thrilled to welcome you to the 75th annual Klickitat County Fair and Rodeo. This event is a valued tradition and experience shared by families and communities throughout the county. I am Lené Riggers, your 2018 Klickitat County Fair and Rodeo Queen.

Like many of you, I share the roots and traditions of Klickitat County, being born and raised in Goldendale. I started my schooling in Centerville and have continued in Goldendale where I am now a 17-year-old, soon to be senior, at Goldendale High School. You can find me actively involved in sports whether it is soccer, basketball, or track. Additionally, I also participate in school clubs such as Leadership, National Honor Society, FFA, Purple & Gold Club, and FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.)

A lifelong interest and love of horses were realized as a 12-year-old. With the help of a horse-owning family friend, I was given the opportunity to care for and learn about horses. It began as taking the bus to her house after school to spend time riding. As time went on I was loaned a horse named Junior, by this very same friend, to participate in a local 4H club. Junior and I showed and gamed at the Klickitat County Fair and we gamed at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, two years in a row. With the help of my family, I became the proud owner of my very own horse “Max” in 2014. Max is a 13-year-old American Quarter Horse Appendix. Max and I have gamed and shown at the Klickitat County Fair and shown at the Washington State Fair.

My interest in being a rodeo queen was piqued while I was the Klickitat County 4H representative in 2015. In 2017 I represented the Broken Spur Junior Rodeo as their queen. All of these experiences fueled my excitement to represent this amazing county on a larger stage. Over the years, I remember exploring the exhibits of the fair, meeting new people, and of course partaking in all the delicious different food. The Kickoff Barbeque has always been a highlight.

Since the beginning of this year, I have had the privilege of experiencing the diverse and amazing qualities of Klickitat County. Through my attendance at other queen coronations, rodeos and parades in Washington and Oregon, or simply visiting with kids or adults at community events, I have enjoyed sharing what makes this county great. Please join me and Max, at our Fair, and experience all it has to offer. Memories are here to be made.