Antonia Torrez represents everything good about Las Animas.

Born and raised in Las Animas, Torrez, 82, worked at Fort Lyon Veterans Affairs Hospital for 23 years. When her parents grew ill, Torrez opted to care for her family. Since becoming ill herself, Torrez now resides at Bent County HealthCare Center, where she says she enjoys watching television and telling jokes.

And it was likely Torrez's humor that shown the brightest Wednesday morning at the Gobin Building in Rocky Ford, where she, a representative of Bent County HealthCare Center wowed the judges to become the 2017 Arkansas Valley Fair Silver Queen.

Torrez will reign over fair events, most notably the Arkansas Valley Fair Parade Friday morning at 10 a.m. in Rocky Ford alongside fellow winner, 2017 Arkansas Valley Fair King Willie Rogers, who shared his life as a cowboy with judges.

Rogers, 83, represents Evergreen Gardens in La Junta. During the talent portion, Rogers, who was born in Walsenburg in 1930, a 12 pound - 14 ounce baby, was the eighth of 10 children. He was a rancher and shared his passion for riding bulls and claim to fame as the man who built the first fence around the Pueblo Reservoir. Rogers said if ever given the chance, he would like to return to his ranch and tend to cattle and ride horses.

Martie Schleigal was crowned Silver Queen runner-up. Schleigal, 94, represents Pioneer Healthcare Center in Rocky Ford and shared various crocheted items with judges. Stan Ruby was crowned Silver King runner-up. Ruby, 85, represents Cottonwood Ridge in Rocky Ford and shared his collection of hats with judges.

Also present, Robert Lucero represented Bent County HealthCare Center, Clifton "Bob" Potter Pioneer Healthcare Center, Jennie Kelly Cottonwood Ridge, and Millie Gerard Evergreen Gardens.