Six young women will vie for the crown in the Hamilton County Fair Queen competition this year.
The judging will take place July 19 and the coronation is set for July 23 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds grandstand, according to fair queen committee members, Kim Schaa, Kathleen Hay and Carla Johnson.
This year's candidates include:
Morgan Gourley, age 18, is the daughter of Kathy and George Gourley of Stanhope. She is a graduate of Webster City High School. Her community and church activities include serving as a Community and Family Resources volunteer, volunteering as a Sunday school teacher, helping with events at Crestview Senior Living, assisting with the Hamilton County Market Hog Show and helping with the ingathering at Asbury United Methodist Church. She's been a member of the Cass Red Cardinals 4-H Club, served on the county council and has volunteered with a variety of 4-H events. She is has taken part in the sheep show at the county and state fair and attended the Youth Summit for Power Up YOUth.
During her school years, she was a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish club, took CNA training, was involved in high school chorus and served on the student council. She played volleyball and took part in track. She was voted second team All-Conference two times and first team All-Conference her senior year and competed at the state track meet. She plans to attend Morningside College to study either nursing or education. She will play volleyball for the college.
"The fair queen is a symbol of the fair," she said. "I would be proud to represent Hamilton County as fair queen."
Kaleigh Greufe, age 19, is the daughter of Randy and Sandra Greufe of Blairsburg. She is a graduate of South Hamilton High School. Her community and church activities include Missionary Alliance Church Solid Rock Youth Group, mission trips to Joplin, Missouri and Pawley's Island, South Carolina and the LIFE Youth Gathering in St. Louis. She was an AWANA cubbies assistant and assisted with a variety of church activities. In school, she served on the student council and worked on the yearbook.
In 4-H , she was a nine-year member of WWH 4-H Club and served on the county 4-H council. She was a Clover Kids junior leader and was the bucket/bottle goat junior leader. She held several offices including club president, vice president and secretary.
She plans to attend Ellsworth Community College to major in apparel merchandising.
"I would love to be an ambassador for our county and promote what our county has to offer the rest of the state of Iowa," she said.
Jenna Heeren, the 18-year-old daughter of Jeff and Jodi Heeren of Jewell, is a graduate of South Hamilton High School. She plans attend the University of Iowa to major in social work and minor in dance.
During high school, she was involved in volleyball, track, football and basketball cheerleading. She also took part in band and vocal music, and participated in stage large group, solo and ensemble contests. She was chosen to be part of the HOIAC Honor Band and Chorus.
Her church and community activities include serving as a member of the worship team, serving as a leader for the youth group. She took part in a Leaders in Training program which allowed her to get more involved with church activities. She takes part in dance and has competed competitions around the country. She performed in the opening show for the Radio City Rockettes and danced at the halftime show of the Harlem Globetrotters.
She has been involved in 4-H, showing swine and taking part in baking and visual arts projects.
"I have always admired the girls who have participated in the contest over the years," she said, "and the contest is an aspect of the fair that I love."
Megan Hughes is the 18-year-old daughter of Craig Hughes of Webster City. She is a graduate of Webster City High School. She plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa to study accounting.
During her high school years, she was involved in Spanish Club, Student Council, dance marathon committee, track, cross country, show choir, National Honor Society and WCTV. Hughes helped procure a grant for the Webster City Lunch Program.
She was involved in the 4-H County and State Councils, was on the state council finance committee, was a grant writer for the summer lunch program and served as the junior food and nutrition leader. She assisted with Clover Kids, was a judging assistant at the fair, served as master of ceremonies for Pride of Iowa and Quiz Bowl competitions. She served as an historian and vice president of her 4-H club and was an exhibitor during the Hamilton County Fair.
She has been involved in Youth in Philanthropy, SHIFT Happens, helped with Kids Against Hunger and the school food backpack program. She served as a Sunday school teacher and a dance teacher assistant.
"I would love to be an advocate for our community as the fair queen. Our fair represents all that is good in our county," she said.
Gina Moline, 18, is the daughter of Christina and Chris Moline of Webster City. She is a graduate of Webster City High School and plans to attend Iowa Central Community College for two years then transfer to the University of Iowa to earn a bachelor's degree in science and nursing.
In high school, she served as the wrestling manager, was involved in cross country, track, National Honor Society, NCYL, SHIFT Happens, student council, Youth in Philanthropy, dance marathon, chorus, show choir, fall play and was a homecoming master of ceremonies.
She has been active in 4-H, exhibiting photographs and competing in the dog obedience show in recent years.
Moline has also been involved with her church as a Sunday school teacher, and worked as a volunteer for RAGBRAI and Tour de Webster. She enjoys playing guitar, running, spending time with her friends and giving back to those in need.
"I would like to be Hamilton County fair queen because I believe it is a great leadership role and I would provide the traits that make me a good role model," she said.
Ashley Price is the 18-year-old daughter of Martin and Sandi Price of Webster City. She is a graduate of Webster City High School and plans to attend ICCC for a year and then transfer to UNI to major in elementary education with an endorsement in special education.
During school, she was active in volleyball, softball, track, student council, Spanish Club and was a Lynx Mentor. In the community, she was involved in SHIFT Happens, Youth Summit Group and works part-time at Fuhs Pastry Shop and Riverview Daycare.
A five-year member of 4-H, Price has participated in food and nutrition, fashion review, photography and has show rabbits and goats. She was the reporter for her 4-H Club and is currently the vice president.
"I remember watching coronation as a little girl and looking up to all of the contestants hoping that one day I would be up there," she said.