Applications now being accepted for 2024 Clay County Fair Queen Contest

Spencer, Iowa – The search is underway for candidates to compete for the title of the 2024 Clay County Fair Queen. The winner, to be crowned Sunday, April 28, will reign over this year’s Clay County Fair and will also compete for the Iowa State Fair Queen title.

Females between the ages of 16 and 21 by August 8, the first day of the 2024 Iowa State Fair, may apply. Candidates must never have been married, cannot be a professional model, cannot represent any other organization as a queen, and must reside in Clay County or an adjoining county if the majority of her activities are in Clay County. Applicants must be a member of at least one service organization such as 4-H, Girl Scouts or a church group. (Eligibility is not limited to 4-H or FFA membership.)

The Clay County Fair Queen will represent the Clay County Fair at the Flagfest Parade in June, the Iowa State Fair during the queen contest, selected celebrations during the summer, and the Clay County Fair in September. The Fair will be flexible with appearance dates if the queen has educational conflicts during her reign.

In addition to her crown and title, the Clay County Fair Queen will receive many valuable prizes from local and area business, including over $1,500 in scholarship money.

Applications are available online at The application must be submitted to the Clay County Fair Queen Contest, PO Box 527, Spencer, Iowa 51301 or emailed to on or before April 8. A committee will then select the finalists who will compete for the title on Sunday, April 28 at the Clay County Regional Events Center.

Finalists will be notified by April 15 and will receive more information regarding the next phase of the competition. Candidates will be judged on personality, attitude, awareness, leadership and citizenship, contribution to the community, overall appearance, charm, poise and her three-minute or less self-expression portion. All judges’ decisions will be final.

Please call the Clay County Fair (712-580-3000) or email with any questions.