Kylee King, from Duncombe, the 18 year-old daughter of Carl and Shannon King, was crowned the Hamilton County Fair Queen Wednesday night during a coronation ceremony held in the new multipurpose show arena.
The ceremony, originally set for 7 p.m., was delayed due to the heat until 8:30 p.m. Severe thunderstorm warnings then drove the event inside to the new show arena from the grandstand.
King, a 2012 Webster City High School graduate, has been active in FFA and 4-H throughout her school career. She plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa this fall.
- Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Carrie Olson
Kylee King was crowned 2012 Hamilton County Fair Queen Wednesday night at a ceremony held in the new show arena at the fairgrounds.
- Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Jim Krajewski
Queen canidates Nicole Heinrich, Katie Holdgrafer, Kylee King, Rachel Ostrem, Candra Penning, 2011 Queen Kalli Richardson, Katie Short, Shelby Smith, Rachel Steig and Elizabeth Welke stand facing the audience for interviews at Wednesday’s coronation.
Other candidates included, Nichole Heinrichs, 18, Webster City, the daughter of Mike and Alice Heinrichs; Katie Holdgrafer, 19, Webster City, the daughter of Keith and Dawn Holdgrafer; Rachel Ostrem, Radcliffe, 18, the daughter of Mark Ostrem and Denise Bachelder; Candra Penning, Hubbard, 18, daughter of Stanley and Carla Penning; Katie Short, Webster City, 18, daughter of Sherry and Lynn Leksell; Shelby Smith, Webster City, 18, daughter of Darrel and Keli Smith; Rachel Steig, Webster City, 18, daughter of Roger and Ruth Steig; and Elizabeth Welke, 17, daughter of Rick and Grace Welke, Boone.
Redhead Express performed several musical selections at the ceremony. The Hamilton County Fair Board also presented the Friends of the Fair awards to Garland Just and Merle Hamilton.
The 2011 Fair Queen, Kalli Richardson also gave her farewell address to the audience.
Due to the late start of the program, other results from the coronation were not available at presstime. Look for more photos and placings in Friday's Daily Freeman-Journal and on our website, www.freemanjournal.net.