ELDON — The excitement on stage and glitter on dresses helped brighten a gloomy day at the Wapello County Fairgrounds.
Contestants of the Queen and Little Miss Contest put off the excitement of rides and the tastiness of food on a stick for the chance to represent Wapello County at the Iowa State Fair.
The contest typically produces two winners, but this year is a special case. MaKenzie Jensen received the title of Wapello County Queen while both Autumn Sertterh and Lauren Sloan will be sharing the title of Wapello County Little Miss. All three winners will travel to Des Moines this August to represent Wapello County in a state competition. The winners also get the privilege of handing out trophies and ribbons and attend concerts. They also will travel around the area representing Wapello County at various events.
“At the state fair I can show them what is typically looked over in southeast Iowa,” explained Jensen. “Wapello County is special because of the hospitality you can find here.”
Jensen impressed the judges with her on stage response that even included a traditional Iowa farmers wave. She explained that she hopes to highlight the “benefits that Wapello County brings to the state of Iowa” at her state competition.
Jensen will be attending Indian Hills Community College this fall. She has been very involved in her high school activities that range from speech to basketball to Future Farmers of America (FFA).
She explained that before she was able to put on her white formal gown and undergo interviews she was washing cattle at the fair. “I have always wanted to represent Wapello County more than just in FFA.”
Both Little Miss winners attend Cardinal Community Schools and were happy to wear the sash and work at the 2014 Iowa State Fair. Sloan explained how excited she was to “help the queen at the fair with the trophies.”