Six candidates vie for fair queen

Six young women will vie for the title of Hamilton County Fair Queen during the Hamilton County Fair later this month.

This year’s candidates are:

• Gabby Bergman, the 18 year-old daughter of Therese and Ben Bergman of Stratford, is a graduate of Webster City High School. During high school she was involved in band, football and basketball cheerleading, student council, student senate, and was active in FFA. She also has been involved with her local youth group, was active with the saddle club and helped teach Sunday school. She has shown her horse for Webster City FFA during the past three Hamilton County Fairs.

She plans to attend Iowa Central Community College for two years before transferring to Iowa State University to study animal genetics.

“I would want to be the Hamilton County Fair Queen because I feel like I can contribute so much to the community and help serve others more by earning this title,” Bergman said.

• Katie Greenfield is the 18-year-old daughter of Troy and Tammy Greenfield of Webster City. She is a graduate of Webster City High School. During her high school years, she served as vice president of National Honor Society, student council and Spanish club. She was a student director for WCTV, took part in band, theater productions, speech and was a National Council on Youth Leadership semi-finalist.

Greenfield is a 4-H State Council member, a volunteer at Webster City Community Theatre, served on the Webster City Youth Advisory Commission, took part in the Community Church of Kamrar yearly mission trip and was the technical director for Bible school. She works at Fareway as a checker.

She’s been involved with the Hamilton County Fair since she was a child competing in the pedal pull. She’s a member of the Boone Boosters 4-H Club, has shown static exhibits for 4-H and has worked in the church food booth.

Greenfield plans to attend Iowa State University to major in communication studies and double minor in political science and psychology. She will also be pre-law with hopes of becoming a lawyer.

“I would like to be the Hamilton County Fair Queen because I believe I can serve as a positive role model and as a knowledgeable representative for the Hamilton County Fair,” Greenfield said.

• Shea Lee Hassebrock, 18, is the daughter of Alison and Eric Hassebrock of Jewell. She is a graduate of South Hamilton High School and during her high school career, she was active in the South Hamilton student council, school improvement advisory committee, National Honor Society, South Hamilton FFA, Silver Cord Honors Program, was the South Hamilton Dance Team manager and worked on the dance marathon and Hector Fun Run. She’s also been involved with the Elim Lutheran Church youth group, mission trips, the Clear Lake Sailors 4-H Club, Kids Cancer Squad, Hamilton County Bottle Lamb program and Montgomery Memorial Library HANG-time as leader.

She has served in several officer positions with the South Hamilton FFA and her 4-H group, and has shown sheep as well as taking part in communications, citizenship, leadership and many other projects through both organizations.

Hassebrock plans to attend DMACC in Ankeny in the fall to study in the Dental Assisting program. Afterwards, she plans to apply to the dental hygiene program at either DMACC or Iowa Centeral to get an associate in applied science degree.

“One of my favorite parts of the fair has always been the Queen Coronation. As a young girl, I remember looking up to the Hamilton County Fair Queen contestants in awe, hoping to one day be a role model just as the queen and her court have always been,” she said.

• Stacey Meyer, 18, is the daughter of Jeff and Glenda Meyer, Williams. She is a graduate of Webster City High School and during her high school career, she was involved in National Honor Society, large group and individual speech, the fall play, track, volleyball, basketball, softball and FCA.

She is a nine-year member of WHH 4-H Club and is involved with the Community Church of Kamrar youth group, has taken five out-of-state mission trips and has served as a Vacation Bible School and a nursery helper. She has also been a bottle lamb leader.

She started with the bottle lamb program at the Hamilton County Fair during preschool and later began exhibiting projects for 4-H, showing sheep and dogs. She has served in many officer positions with her 4-H Club and is a County Council member.

She plans to attend Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa to study radiology.

“I would like to be Hamilton County Fair Queen to encourage young girls to strive to be anything they want to be,” she said. “As Fair Queen I would love to be able to promote the great things happening here in Hamilton County.”

• McKenna Mitchell, 18, the daughter of Ted and Janet Mitchell of Webster City, is a graduate of Webster City High School.

During high school, she was involved with student council, student senate, dance marathon committee, choir, show choir, jazz vocal, band, volleyball, tennis and football and basketball cheerleading all four years. She was chosen to sing the National Anthem for the Iowa Cheerleading Coaches Association in Des Moines and at the 2016 Football Championships at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls. She was also involved in youth summits in Hamilton County.

She’s a nine-year member of the Freedom Flickers 4-H Club. She’s served as club president for three years as well as serving in other offices for he club. Mitchell is a youth trustee for the Iowa 4-H Foundation, is active on the state council and county council and the 4-H reporters program. She’s received the state 4-H Photography Award and the State 4-H Communications Award.

She’s active in her church and has worked at Fuller Hall and the Webster City Outdoor Pool since her freshman year in high school.

Mitchell plans to attend DMACC in Ankeny for a hear and a half to earn an AA degree in marketing and then will transfer to ISU to complete a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in Spanish.

“Becoming the Hamilton County Fair Queen has always been a dream of mine and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to run,” she said.

• Alexandra Schwerin, 17, is the daughter of Tammy and Brian Schwerin of Jewell. She attended South Hamilton High School and has been involved in football, basketball and competition cheerleading, golf, National Honor Society, choir, school plays, variety show, Hector Fun Run, canned food drive, homecoming, Winterfest, Littles Cheer Clinic, Honors Cheer, All Iowa Stars Cheer and fall kickoff.

Other activities have included coordinating the Jewell Easter egg hunt, serving at the Jewell Jubilee barbecue, volunteering for Special Olympics and taking part in youth group at Bethesda Lutheran Church.

She takes part in fashion and photography entries for the Hamilton County Fair, and has done some cooking entries, including challenge and Pride of Iowa. She’s also competed with woodworking projects. Schwerin has also been involved in the County Communications competition.

She plans to attend Iowa State University to obtain a degree in biology with a minor in chemistry through the pre-dentistry program. She then plans to transfer to the University of Iowa to study dentistry.

“I would like to be the Hamilton County Fair Queen because I would love to represent my community and 4-H group,” Schwerin said.