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Taylor Lekin is State Fair Bound as 2018 Tama County Fair Queen
August 9, 2018

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The Crowning of the 2018 Tama County Fair Queen took place on Tuesday evening, July 17, at the Tama County 4-H Fairgrounds in Gladbrook.

Mistresses of Ceremonies for the evening were 2017 Tama County Fair Queen, Sadie Cahalan, and 2016 Tama County Fair Queen, Madeline Mussig.

Candidates for the 2018 competition were Brooklyn Henderson, daughter of Kristin Jaennette and Jeff Henderson of Tama and Taylor Lekin, daughter of Jason and Mandy Lekin of Toledo.

The girls began the process with applications due June 1st. A workshop was held later in June at the State Bank of Toledo Community Room in Toledo to prepare the girls for judging. A convertible, provided by the Shriners, carried the girls in the Corn Carnival parade.

Judging took place on July 15 at the Traer Public Library in Traer. Judges were Melia Jeanne from Marshalltown, Angie Becker from Vinton and Steve Marten from Grundy Center. The girls took part in a group discussion led by 2017 Tama County Fair Princess, Haley Shope, daughter of Stacy and Tod Zeman and the late Mike Shope of Toledo. They were also interviewed individually. After a short break, a wonderful luncheon was served by the Buckingham Boosters 4-H Club.

Before the luncheon, the girls gave a 3-5 minute speech that they prepared from a list of choices provided by the committee. The girls and their guests were excused and the judges retired to make their decision. Their choices for queen and princess were sealed in envelopes that were opened at the crowning ceremony.

2016 queen, Madeline Mussig, daughter of Chad and Karen Mussig of Gladbrook, welcomed the crowd of spectators and thanked those who made the evening possible. Sponsors included Tama County Fair Board, State Bank of Toledo, Angie Princehouse, Tama Florist, Ultimate Image, Shopko Hometown Foods, Fareway of Toledo, Farmers Savings Bank & Trust-Traer, Great Western Bank, Country Hair Creations/Barb Wieben, Titan Machinery, Czech Point Restaurant, Gladbrook Theater, Matchstick Marvels, Spanky's Restaurant & Catering, Gladbrook Insurance Agency, Goos Implement, UnityPoint Health, Retro Rooster, Deb Kupka, Buckingham Boosters 4-H Club, the Traer Public Library and Peace Church.

Queen Sadie Cahalan, then joined Aubree at the podium. Convertibles were provided by Grant Strohbehn, Brett Miller and Darbie Lynch. They introduced the candidates one by one with their escorts. Escorts were Levi Beenken, Eric Keller, Lane Koch and Josh Thiessen. Each candidate presented her speech to the crowd.

Then came the moment the crowd had been awaiting, crowning the 2018 Tama County Fair Queen. The sealed envelopes were then opened revealing the judges results.

Amid cheers from the crowd, the envelope was opened revealing Taylor had been chosen to serve as the 2018 Tama County Fair Queen. Taylor was presented the crown, sash, gift bag and her bouquet of roses.

Brooklyn Henderson was crowned Princess and was presented a sash, tiara and gift bag.

Watch for Taylor at the State Fair beginning August 8th. The crowning will take place Saturday, August 11th at 7:00 pm on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage.

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