ALAMOSA (October 28) – Alanna Chacon, Center High School, was crowned the Spud Bowl Queen at the Adams State University football game on October 26.
The Spud Bowl tradition began in 1946, when the potato farmers in the Valley were asked to contribute sacks of spuds to the college, which, in turn, were converted into cash to supplement the athletic program. The tradition and spirit have continued, and Spud Bowl remains a highlight of each football season.
Each year, San Luis Valley schools are asked to nominate a senior as a candidate for Spud Bowl Queen. The candidates are interviewed during the morning of Spud Bowl by a panel of judges, and a winner is then selected and announced at halftime of the football game. The Colorado Potato Administrative Committee and Adams State offers one semester tuition scholarships to each candidate, with the student selected as Spud Bowl Queen receiving a one year tuition, room, and board scholarship to Adams State University.
The candidates included Jordan Hicks, Alamosa High School; Miranda Sandoval, Antonito High School; Tausha Vigil, Centauri High School; Justine Sanchez, Centennial High School; Alanna Chacon, Center High School; Susan Hand, Del Norte High School; Megan Gillespie, Moffat High School; Alyssia Torres, Monte Vista High School; Ashly Powszukiewicz, Mountain Valley High School; Lais Harmsen, Sanford High School; Brittany Holcomb, Sangre de Cristo High School; Jessica Crowther, Sargent High School; and Veranique Vigil, Sierra Grande High School.
Judges for this year’s contest were Linda Weyers, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, Tammy Lopez, executive director of the Foundation, and Virginia Meyers, Mountain Valley Produce.