LONGMONT, Colo. -- The Boulder County Fair will honor the slain teen who was to be crowded Rodeo Queen.
Ashley Doolittle was selected as lady-in-waiting last year and was to be crowned queen at this year's fair, which starts Friday. Her ex-boyfriend is accused of killing her last month.
The Longmont Times-Call reports the title of queen will stay with Doolittle and the queen sash will be placed on her riderless horse during a ceremony. A new lady-in-waiting will be crowned who will take over as queen next year.
"We are actually still crowning her the 2017 Queen. She will always be the 2017 Queen," said Mikaela Kugel, this year's queen.
"Ashley was a blessing to this program and her legacy as 2017 Boulder County Fair and Rodeo Queen will live on forever," the Boulder County Fair and Rodeo Royalty Committee said last month.
For the first time, two princesses will also be chosen. Doolittle proposed the program for younger girls and it will be named for her.