New Miss Ramah queen, princess chosen in emotional ceremony

By Lane Franklin
Navajo Times

PINE HILL, N.M., Aug. 7, 2014

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(Times photo - Donovan Quintero)

Newly crowned Miss Ramah Navajo Natana Twostar Begay from Ramah watches the crowd on Saturday at the Ramah Navajo Fair & Rodeo in Pine Hill, N.M. Begay is a sophomore at Ramah High School.

It was obvious there was no lack of emotion at the 2014-2015 Miss Ramah Navajo pageant with many of the participants fighting back tears at the crowning ceremony.

Contestants for the Miss Ramah Navajo Queen and Princess titles gathered at the Ramah fairgrounds on Saturday evening for the announcement of new royalty.

Prior to Saturday, the contestants participated in a variety of events for this year's fair. A health walk kicked off the festivities on Thursday morning, followed by a fashion show that evening.

Friday evening events were a modern speech and talent show and 2013-2014 Miss Ramah Navajo Queen Nickaela Poblano hosted a country & western dance. Contestants were judged on their presentation, skills and proficiency with Navajo culture and language and their photogenic talent.

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