4 Girls to Participate in the 20th Anniversary of the Clay County Fair Queen Contest

Spencer, Iowa – Four young ladies will compete for the title of Clay County Fair Queen on Sunday, April 28, at the Clay County Regional Events Center. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Clay County Fair Queen Contest.

In 2004, a revitalized Clay County Fair Queen Competition was held on Sunday, April 18. Among eleven contestants, Nicole Mehls was crowned Queen. Her subsequent achievement as 3rd Runner-Up at the Iowa State Fair in August 2004 solidified the competition’s revival as a resounding success.

Since then, the contest and its candidates have continued to excel at the Iowa State Fair. Multiple participants have secured noteworthy placements as 1st and 3rd Place Runner-Ups. Notably, two exceptional candidates have claimed the prestigious title of Iowa State Fair Queen. Abby Salton was the first recipient of this honor in 2007, followed by Elizabeth Glover’s achievement in 2014.

Contestants include Linnea Bloom of Marathon, the daughter of Stephen and Melanie Bloom; Aubrie Stell of Spencer, the daughter of Jason and Melissa Stell; Hannah Tessum of Everly, the daughter of Tyler and Ashley Tessum; Addison Wyman of Spencer, daughter of Leah Wyman.

The candidates will participate in individual interviews, workshops, and the Queen Pageant. The Queen Pageant will start at 7:00 p.m. and will include introductions, the self-expression portion, and the crowning of the 2024 Clay County Fair Queen. Doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m.

The Queen will represent the Fair at area parades and selected celebrations during the summer, represent Clay County during the Iowa State Fair Queen Contest, and participate in the Clay County Fair in September.

Candidates will be judged on personality, attitude and awareness, leadership and citizenship, contribution to the community, overall appearance, charm, poise, and self-expression.

Each contestant will receive a tote bag from Weaver’s, a tumbler from Creative Stitches, a cosmetic palette from Avon, a movie basket from Southpark Mall, and a single steam rose from Hy-Vee.

The Queen will also receive many valuable prizes, including $1,500 cash from Community State Bank; a Journal and Bracelet from Pressed; a Royal Affair Bracelet from Avon; personal care sessions from Design Masters; a pearl bracelet from Nelson Jewelry; $200 cash from Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative; an official Fair Queen photo from Studio 309; a $120 gift certificate from Elegance Bridal and Prom Boutique; a tanning package from Royal Tan; $50 cash for travel expenses from H&N Chevrolet-Buick; a one-year membership to the Spencer Family YMCA; $50 gift card from Clay County Farm Bureau; a teeth whitening tray from Van Hofwegen & Munter Family Dentistry; a one-hour session of interview coaching from Treva Graves; and a dozen roses from Hy-Vee.

The First Runner-up also receives many prizes, including $1,000 cash from Community State Bank, a Journal and Bracelet from Pressed, a Royal Affair Bracelet from Avon, a tanning package from Royal Tan, and a half-dozen roses from Hy-Vee.

About the Clay County Fair & Events Center Rooted in Tradition, the Clay County Fair and Events Center is a year-round facility that annually hosts more than 300 events, including its signature event, the Clay County Fair powered by SMU. Known as “The World’s Greatest County Fair” since 1917, the Clay County Fair attracts more than 300,000 guests each September for nine days of world-class entertainment, competition, food, fun, and the largest farm machinery show at any fair in the United States. Additional information can be found at claycountyfair.com.

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