From left to right, contestants Samantha Sloss, LeAnna Stringer, Sara Pauley (2nd Runner Up), Makenna Woodvine (2017 Guthrie County Fair Queen), Chelsea Larsen (1st Runner Up), Morgan Meacham and Anna Duis2016 Guthrie County Fair Queen Leigan Laughery crowns Makenna Woodvine as the 2017 Guthrie County Fair Queen. Fair Queen coordinator Christina Wilson announces the 2nd runner up, the first runner up and the 2017 Guthrie County Fair Queen.

Seven seek Guthrie County Fair Queen

Seven young ladies competed for Guthrie County Fair Queen during group and individual interviews on Wednesday, July 21 on the Guthrie County Fairgrounds. 

Competing were Makenna Woodvine, LeAnna Stringer, Anna Duis, Samantha Sloss, Chelsea Larsen, Sara Pauley, and Morgan Meacham.

The Guthrie County Fair is looking for not only it’s 2017 queen, but their 2018 queen in a change this year. Since the contest was brought back in 2002, Guthrie County has crowned a queen in the summer months leading up to the Iowa State Fair, as the Guthrie County Fair falls over Labor Day weekend. But, after careful review of the Iowa State Fair’s rules and regulations it was found that Guthrie County can crown it’s upcoming year’s queen during the fair and send her on to represent us in the Iowa State Fair Queen competition the following year.

“We are very excited about this change and to bring the county fair queen coronation to the county fair,” said Christina Wilson, who is organizing the contest this year. “It is another great event to add to our already exciting schedule.” 

The ladies chosen to wear these crowns will not only have the privilege of representing Guthrie County at the Iowa State Fair Queen competitions, but will also be awarded a $300 scholarship prize from the Guthrie County Fair Board at the end of their reigns.

The competition is open to young ladies between the ages of 16 and not older than 21 years of age on August 10, the first day of the Iowa State Fair. The candidate must reside within Guthrie County (or an adjoining county if the majority of her activities are within Guthrie County).  Contestants must never have been married or have had children.

The Guthrie County Fair queen contest focuses on personality, leadership, communication skills and community service such as a church group, girl scouts, FFA or 4-H.  Eligibility in not limited to 4-H membership.  

The 2017 contest was held on June 21, and the 2018 contest will be held on August 9. Each contestant participates in a group interview, as well as meet individually with three judges.  

The 2017 winning contestant will be crowned by the 2016 Guthrie County Fair Queen, Leigan Laughery, at Yale’s Annual 4th of July celebration. The 2018 winning contestant, and each year hereafter, will be crowned at the Guthrie County Fair. 

In addition to the scholarship prize, the fair queen will be a representative of the Guthrie County Fair at various Guthrie County events throughout her reign, as well as to the media.  She’ll compete as the Guthrie County contestant at the Iowa State Fair Queen competition in August.

 

Fair Queen Bios

Chelsea Larsen, 16, is the daughter of Julie and Cody Larsen of Guthrie Center. She currently attends Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center High School, and in her spare time, she enjoys basketball, volleyball, showing horses and cattle and participating as a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA). Chelsea has been a member of 4H since she was in 4th grade. She began as a member of the Trailblazers, but today she is a member of the Northbranch Beavers. Her favorite thing about the fair is the horses. Chelsea hopes to be fair queen because the fairgrounds were the foundation for her to start showing cattle and horses when she was 9.

 

 

Morgan Meacham, 16, is the daughter of John and Bridget Meacham of Guthrie Center. She currently attends Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center High School, and in her spare time, she enjoys basketball, volleyball, National Honor Society, LEO Club, Travel Club and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Morgan was active in 4H from 4th to 8th grade and was a member of the Wichita Wildcats. Her favorite thing about the fair is seeing all of the people that attend. Morgan hopes to be fair queen because she wants to be a positive role model for younger girls in the community.

 

 

Anna Duis, 16, is the daughter of Kurt and Mindy Duis of Panora. She is currently homeschooled, but she plays sports with Panorama High School. In her spare time, she enjoys volleyball, golf, showing horses and getting involved with church groups. This is Anna’s first year in 4H, and she is a member of the Dodge Dodgers. Her favorite thing about the fair is going on all of the rides. Anna hopes to be fair queen so that she can be a positive role model for younger girls and help out with events in the community.

 

 

Sara Pauley, 16, is the daughter of Dan and Alicia Pauley. She is in the process of moving to Guthrie Center from Coon Rapids. She currently attends Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center High School, and in her spare time, she enjoys volleyball, soccer, dance team, cheerleading and church group. Sara was active in 4H from Kindergarten through 6th grade and was a member of the Clover Kids. Her favorite thing about the fair is the food. Sara hopes to be fair queen because she believes that it would be a great opportunity for her to represent Guthrie County.

 

 

LeAnna Stringer, 18, is the daughter of Laurie and Jimmy Stringer of Guthrie Center. She currently attends Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center High School, and in her spare time, she enjoys camping, fishing, singing, volleyball, basketball, golf and being with her family. LeAnna was a member of the Clover Kids from Kindergarten through 6th grade. Her favorite thing about the fair is having her whole family travel to be there. LeAnna hopes to be fair queen because the fair has always been special for her and her grandmother, and she believes she would be a good leader for Guthrie County. 

 

Samantha Sloss, 16, is the daughter of Wendy and Jason Sloss of Guthrie Center. She is currently attending Adair-Casey/Guthrie Center High School, and in her spare time, she enjoys basketball, volleyball, speech and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). Samantha has been a member of the Seely Bobcats since her 8th grade year. Her favorite thing about the fair is the food. Samantha hopes to be fair queen because she feels like it is a good opportunity to get involved with the community, help others and support the fair.

 

 

Makenna Woodvine, 17, is the daughter of Jay and Dorothy Woodvine of Yale. She currently attends Panorama High School, and in her free time, she enjoys speech, choir, soccer, Spanish Club, showing cattle, Future Farmers of America (FFA) and serving as the Senior Class Vice President. Makenna has been a member of the Dodge Dodgers since her 7th grade year. Her favorite thing about the fair is show day. Makenna hopes to be fair queen because she wants to be able to get more kids involved and be a role model for younger children.

 

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Guthrie Center, IA 50115
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