Seven candidates to compete for Fair Queen
Coronation set for July 25
Seven young women will compete for the title of 2019 Hamilton County Fair Queen, according to organizers.
Emma Bailey is the 18-year-old daughter of Kent and Milissa Bailey of Webster City. She is a 2019 graduate of Webster City High School. During high school, she was involved in girls varsity golf, Lynx leaders, Spanish Club, Choir and Show Choir, student council, art club, blood drive committee, dance marathon committee and was the cross country manager. She was a Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipient, taught religious education at St. Thomas Aquinas Church and was in FFA for one year. She’s a seven-year 4-H member and serves on the State 4-H Council.
She plans to attend Ellsworth Community College to study animal science and will later transfer to Iowa State University.
She said, “To have the honor of being the Hamilton County Fair Queen would be fulfilling the inner child who looked up to the past girls, and all the amazing things they have accomplished.”
Ella Carlson, 18, is the daughter of Doug and Sheila Carlson of Stratford. She plans to attend ISU in the fall to double major in agronomy and horticulture.
During high school, she was involved in cross country, dance, golf, wrestling cheerleading. Individual and large group speech, band, jazz band, FFA, color guard, pit orchestra and National Honor Society. She has been active in her church as a scripture reader and by playing bassoon and trumpet at church services. She volunteers at Ride with the King at Riverside Bible Camp and has served as a county horse project junior leader. She has shown horses at the county fair and is restoring a tractor to take to the fair.
“I want to be the Hamilton County Fair Queen because it would be an honor to represent my county at the Iowa State Fair,” Carlson said.
Madelin Egeland, 18, is the daughter of Dale and Kari Egeland of Boone. She is a 2019 Boone High School graduate. During high school, she was involved with FFA and the yearbook. She is an active member of her church and taught Vacation Bible School. She has been actively involved with the Stratford Spirit for the past three years. She has shown sheep and swine at the fair and has volunteered time working at the food stand.
She plans to attend Ellsworth Community College where she will major in farm management. From there, she plans to transfer to ISU to pursue a minor in animal science.
“If I was given the title of Hamilton County Fair Queen, it would lead me to opportunities of greater leadership skills and help me prepare for my future in agriculture,” Egeland said.
Ursula Leksell, Webster City, is the 18-year-old daughter of Ron Corbin. She’s a 2019 graduate of Webster City High School. She plans to attend Ellsworth Community College to study in the equine program and will transfer to ISU to finish her four-year degree.
During high school, she was active in concert band, marching band, jazz band, honor band, pep band and she auditioned for All-State Festival. She was also involved in golf. She’s been active in her church, helping with the church bazaar, the youth even and was a “happening” leader. She’s been involved with 4-H and has exhibited many static projects, rabbits and horses.
“I would like to be the Hamilton County Fair Queen because I think it would be an amazing opportunity to represent our county and all that we do,” she said.
Adalie Schwandt of Williams is the 16-year-old daughter of Keith and Lisa Schwandt. She’s a student at Webster City High School and will graduate in 2020. After that, she plans to attend college to pursue a degree in elementary education and to possibly play volleyball.
During high school, she has been involved in volleyball, and was chosen as second teal all-conference this past year. She’s also played basketball, has been an active member of FF, serving in many leadership roles including, assistant vice president, president and chapter reporter. Other activities include Spanish Club, Lynx Leaders, National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
She’s active in her church and has served as an acolyte. She is involved in church youth group, and helped with Vacation Bible School and Christmas programs. She’s an eight-year member of the WWH 4-H Club and participates in many club activities.
“Being fair queen would give me the opportunity to communicate and interact with people of all ages who share a love for the fair at the local and state level,” she said.
Katelyn Sue Sogard, 18, is the daughter of Doug and Suzanne Sogard of Stanhope. She’s a 2019 graduate of South Hamilton High School. She plans to attend Grand View University in Des Moines to pursue a Bachelor of Science in nursing. She will also be part of the women’s golf team at Grand View.
During high school, she was involved volleyball, golf, dance team, National Honor Society, band and color guard, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
She’s been a member of the Clear Lake Sailor’s 4-H Club, where she’s held several offices, including historian, photographer, recreation leader and health/wellness officer. Sogard is also involved in Missionary Alliance Church and is also a member of Elim Lutheran Church youth group in Randall, and has taken part in several mission trips. She’s also involved with dance team and the various service projects the group conducts.
“To be able to interact with citizens and community leaders on a level where I represent my county would be such an honor and a joy,” she said of why she’s competing for Hamilton County Fair Queen.
Anna Utera-Greenfield, 18, of Kamrar, is the daughter of Sara Utera. She is a graduate of South Hamilton High School. She plans to attend Iowa Central Community College and later transfer to the University of Northern Iowa to pursue a degree in elementary education.
During high school, she was in National Honor Society, was the volleyball manager, took part in the musical “The Little Mermaid,” was the student director for “Cheaper by the Dozen,” and was involved in band, choir, jazz band, individual and large group speech contest. She is an active member of the youth group at Community Church of Kamrar where she’s taken part in mission trips and helped with Vacation Bible School. She helps with the Kamrar Lions Club monthly meals and helps with the annual Easter egg hunt.
She’s been involved in 4-H for the past eight years and has served as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer of her club.
“I’ve known several people who have run for fair queen. They have talked about how it is such an amazing experience. I believe I would represent Hamilton County very well through my personality and community service,” she said.
The contestants will face the judges on Saturday, July 20 and coronation will be held Thursday, July 25 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds grand stand.