Ashley Dominguez-Gonzalez
Ashley Dominguez-Gonzalez, a senior at Sanford High School, was crowned the 77th Spud Bowl Queen during halftime of the Adams State University Spud Bowl Football Game on November 11, 2023.

The Spud Bowl tradition began in 1946, when the potato farmers in the Valley were asked to contribute sacks of spuds to the University, 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.

Ashley Dominguez-Gonzalez and Maria Valdez
Maria Valdez places the sash on Ashley Dominguez-Gonzalez.
Ashley Dominguez-Gonzalez, David Tandberg, Darin Tandberg
President David Tandberg and First Lady Darin Tandberg congratulate Queen Ashley Dominguez-Gonzalez.

Each year, San Luis Valley high schools are asked to nominate a senior candidate for Spud Bowl. The candidates are interviewed by a panel of judges, and the winner is selected and announced at halftime of the football game. The Colorado Potato Administrative Committee and Adams State University Foundation award scholarships of $1,000 to each contestant to attend Adams State and $2,000 to the Spud Bowl Queen.

Destiny LeBlanc, Kacey Hillis, Ashley Dominguez-Gonzalez, Kimberly Muro-Ornelas, Isis Delgado-Cervantes, Palma Enriquez, Alexia Gonzalez, Nova McConnaughhay, Annabelle Heineman, Leona Hastey, Delainey Christensen, Rhylina Serna
The 2023 Adams State Spud Bowl candidates include Destiny LeBlanc, Del Norte HS; Kacey Hillis, Alamosa HS; Ashley Dominguez-Gonzalez, Sanford HS; Kimberly Muro-Ornelas, Center HS; Isis Delgado-Cervantes, Monte Vista HS; Palma Enriquez, Sangre de Cristo HS; Alexia Gonzalez, Sierra Grande HS; Nova McConnaughhay, Mountain Valley HS; Annabelle Heineman, Sargent HS; Leona Hastey, Moffat HS; Delainey Christensen, Centauri HS; and Rhylina Serna, Centennial HS.
Ashley Dominguez-Gonzalez, Maria Valdez, Helen Smith, Cliff Shaw
Judges Colorado Potato Administrative Committee Helen Smith (far left) and Cliff Shaw and Adams State Maria Valdez (far right) congratulate Ashley Dominguez-Gonzalez.