Nine young women will compete for the honor to be this year's Hamilton County Fair Queen. The prospective queens will be judged July 21 and a winner will be crowned on July 25 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds Grandstand.
The 2012 candidates include:
Nicole Heinrichs, of Webster City, 18, is the daughter of Mike and Alice Heinrichs. She enjoys running, crafting and photography. Heinrichs was a member of student council, has held multiple positions in 4-H, plays piano and helps with the nursery at her church. Her 4-H projects included food, clothing and visual arts. She is attending the University of Northern Iowa and is majoring in education.
Katie Holdgrafer, of Webster City, 19, is the daughter of Keith and Dawn Holdgrafer. Holdgrafer spent four years in basketball, track and as football manager. She enjoys camping, shooting hoops with friends and tending to livestock. She served in 4-H by helping Clover Kids, taking a leadership position in the bucket bottle program and spent her last year as president. Holdgrafer is attending UNI and majoring in biology for physical therapy.
Kylee King, of Duncombe, 18, is the daughter of Carl and Shannon King. She was class president for four years in high school and served as vice president of FFA and 4-H. King has shown horses, pigs and goats at the fair. Her hobbies include reading, film and making baked goods. King also taught Bible school for two years. She is going to UNI then transferring to the Allen College Nursing program.
Rachael Ostrem, of Radcliffe, 18, is the daughter of Mark Ostrem and Denise Bachelder. She was vice president of FFA and received a Rotary Leadership award and the Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa 2012. In her free time, Rachel enjoys horseback riding, reading and dog training. She was on cross country and basketball teams for four years. Rachael plans to attend William Woods University in Missouri and major in Biology, then attend ISU to obtain a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Candra Penning from Hubbard, 18, daughter of Stanley and Carla Penning. She has been on two mission trips to Lithuania as part of her church youth group. She was elected as a Hamilton County Rotary Leader and team captain in football cheerleading and dance team. Candra was also in volleyball, softball and track. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking and listening to music. Candra will attend Northwestern College for Nursing.
Katie Short, of Webster City, 18, is the daughter of Sherry and Lynn Leksell. Katie is a Sunday school teacher and sings in her church choir. She has been on the dance marathon committee, was a Relay for Life team captain and a 4-H club officer. Short likes sailing, theater and hanging out with friends. She is going to UNI for a major in biology and a minor in Spanish in hopes of becoming a physician's assistant.
Shelby Smith, of Webster City, 18, is the daughter of Darrel and Keli Smith. Smith is a soldier in the Iowa Army National Guard. She serves food weekly for kids at church and volunteers at a cub scout day camp. At school, she was in marching, jazz and concert band. She enjoys drawing, writing and is part of the U.S. Tumbling and Trampoline Association. Smith will attend Iowa Central Community College to study radiology.
Rachel Steig, of Webster City, 18, is the daughter of Roger and Ruth Steig. She was a varsity member of her school's swim and golf teams and served on student council all for four years. Steig also played for concert, jazz, marching and pep bands. Her hobbies include kayaking, working out and going to concerts with friends. She is going to Robert Morris University to major in business administration and will be a part of the RMU swim team.
Elizabeth Welke, of Boone, 17, is the daughter of Rick and Grace Welke. Welke participated in speech, band and soccer in school, and was active in FFA. She held many positions in 4-H but found treasurer most enjoyable. Her fair projects included horses, photography, clothing selection and citizenship. Welke will go to Ellsworth Community College in the fall to study for nursing and plans to obtain a masters in the field. She will miss riding her horses dearly when she leaves.