The word devotion has several meanings, and if referenced in a dictionary, one would find words such as committed, love, dedication and religious fervor used to define it. The same words could also be used to describe the 2010 Colorado State Fair Fiesta Queen Christina Lobato.
Lobato has always remained devoted to her duties, she said, whether it is with her family, faith or athletics, she has always tried to be as involved as possible. When speaking to Lobato, it’s clear that many great people in her life have influenced her to be the woman she is now.
Though her reign as Fiesta Queen recently came to an end, representing the crown was a dream come true, she said.
“Being able to give back to the community was really awesome,” Lobato said as she reflected on her year as queen. “I loved meeting people and being a role model for young Latinas.”
She had the opportunity to meet people by being present at church festivals and parades throughout her reign, she said, and will never forget all of the wonderful people she met. The fact that Lobato has had so many great people surrounding her is the reason that she felt confident to run for Fiesta Queen, she said.
For someone to serve this great as queen, it’s a wonder to think that it may never have been.
Had it not been for an encouraging nudge from Fawn Amber-Montoya, CSU-Pueblo professor of history, Lobato may have never considered running for the crown.
“I was Dr. Montoya’s work study,” Lobato said. “She told me that she really thought I could win, so she got me the application and even helped me fill it out.”
Having a strong family base also helped Lobato become a role model, and her mother Joyce Lobato has been a major influence on her growth as a person, she said.
“I’d be lost without my mom. She’s been so helpful to me throughout this year, and she’s definitely my inspiration,” Lobato said.
She also received strong support from family members who live in Pueblo, she said, as her aunt, uncle and grandmother attended every event she took part in.
With all the experiences and support she had as Fiesta Queen, she would like to run for the titles of Miss Pueblo and Miss Colorado, Lobato said. She also aspirations to be involved in organizations that help communities locally, nationally and abroad.
Aside from these goals, Lobato will be entering her junior year at CSU-Pueblo this fall semester, and plans to run cross country for the ThunderWolves, she said. On top of that, she will also be working under the assistant to the president of CSU-Pueblo this semester because of Montoya, she said
“I can’t thank her enough for all of the support she’s given me,” Lobato said.
Originally a nursing major, Lobato recently switched to education and is unsure if that will be the right fit for her as well, she said. What she does know is that she wants to help people, she said. Lobato is the kind of person people will look to for help, so those in need have little to worry about.