Tommy Lynn Loyd is not the type of person who gives up if she does not achieve her goal.
Loyd, 19, competed unsuccessfully two years ago for the Miss California Mid-State Fair title.
“I didn’t exactly reach the outcome that I wanted,” Loyd said Wednesday, a day after she was crowned the 2010 queen in front of several hundred spectators at the fair’s Fort Frontier Stage. “I’m one of those people, if I didn’t get it right, I want to try again.”
Thirteen participants ages 17 to 21 years old competed for this year’s title. It was nearly the most contestants the pageant had seen; in 2007, 14 participated.
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Karlee Anderson, 18, a Paso Robles High School graduate, was named first runner-up. Emily Von Dollen, 17, a Mission College Prep student, was the second runner-up.
Miss California Mid-State Fair and two Fair Princesses serve as year-round ambassadors to the fair. They appear in parades, ribbon cuttings, meetings and other public events.
Loyd will receive a $500 scholarship from the fair, a tote bag, a plaque and a hand-crocheted afghan.
The participants were judged on their poise, appearance, fitness, speaking and overall impression. They competed in five categories: interview, platform, talent, swimsuit and evening wear.
Loyd swung through saloon doors and used a lasso and toy guns as props as she performed a dance routine for the talent portion to Brooks & Dunn’s “Play Something Country.”
Loyd graduated from Paso Robles High School in 2008 and works at Kennedy Club Fitness and F. McLintocks Saloon in Paso Robles. She lives with and takes care of her grandmother in Paso Robles.
Loyd has a soft spot for animals, as evidenced by her platform, “Give a Dog a Home,” to increase pet adoption. She volunteers at Woods Humane Society and owns two rescue dogs, a Rottweiler and a Jack Russell terrier.
Her love of animals was influenced by Holly Lundbeck, a paramedic and division supervisor for San Luis Ambulance in Paso Robles. Loyd met Lundbeck while she was participating in the service’s Explorer Program.
“When (Loyd) decides on something and says, ‘This is what I’m going to do,’ she does it,” Lundbeck said. “It’s a unique quality to find in someone as young as she is.”
The other contestants included Georgia Binkele, Ali Coleman, Ashley Davis, Derrah Fuller, Kylie Holt, Samantha Jackson, Sarah Manson, Rachel Parks, Kristin Raynor and Jessica Lauren White.
The fair opened Wednesday and runs through Aug. 1.
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