Brooke Stever crowned fair queen
Eighteen-year-old Brooke Stever, the daughter of John and Lori Stever, was crowned the 2014 Greater Jefferson County Fair Queen during opening night of the fair Wednesday.
After reigning over the local fair, Stever will spend several days in Des Moines for the Iowa State Fair parade, interviews, workshops and events planned for contestants. The state fair runs Aug. 7-17, with the queen coronation set for 7 p.m. Aug. 9 on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage.
The 2013 Greater Jefferson County Fair queen, Megan Black, was unable to attend the queen competition Wednesday to crown a successor, but she sent a letter her little sister Maddie Black read to the audience.
In her letter, Megan Black apologized for being absent, but explained that she was out of the country in pursuit of her wrestling dreams, training for the 2015 Pan America Games in Canada.
Black, who was crowned Miss Personality at the 2013 Iowa State Fair, wrote that the experience had allowed her to make memories to last a lifetime.
The 2014 Jefferson County first runner-up and the Miss Leadership awards went to Emily Manning, the 17-year-old daughter of Craig and Mary Manning.
The second runner-up was Mallory Reed, the 17-year-old daughter of Chad and Dawn Reed.
Ashley Nelson, the 17-year-old daughter of Shawn and Heather Nelson, earned the Think on Your Feet Award for answering the most questions asked in 60 seconds. Her co-contestants also named her Miss Congeniality.
The 2014 Greater Jefferson County Fair Little Miss is Eleanore Houston, 8-year-old daughter of Thomas and Heather Houston of Fairfield. Eleanore also won the Most Spunky Award.
The first runner-up was Haylea Oostra, 7-year-old daughter of David and Sheri Oostra of Packwood.
The second runner-up was Ella Wulfekuhle, 6-year-old daughter of Derik and Luci Wulfekuhle of Fairfield.
The Best Costume Award, following the theme “Rock ’n’ Roll Princess,” was earned by Jewelianna Murphey, 8-year-old daughter of Patti and Curtis Murphey of Fairfield.
The Best Smile Award went to Briana Steele, the 8-year-old daughter of Jason and Carrie Steele of Lockridge.
The Gift of Gab Award went to MaryAnn Bartle, 8-year-old daughter of Steven and Laurie Bartle of Fairfield.
Also during the opening night festivities, Eileen Pickard learned she is Jefferson County’s 2014 nominee for the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Jefferson County 4-H Fairfield Clover Kids co-leaders Sherri Mineart and Cora Beltramea made the announcement, and presented Pickard with a potted flower.
The Iowa 4-H Foundation sponsors the annual Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. Counties nominate volunteers, community leaders
and Extension staff members who have exemplified outstanding service and dedication to the 4-H youth program in their county. Only one individual or couple per county can be nominated each year.
Pickard joins Jim Gevock, Mark Goehring, Denny Thomes, Lona Harbison and eight others from Jefferson County in the hall of fame.
Winners of the Tuesday evening fair parade were announced. Kim Lacey earned the Best Horse Award. Des Moines Ramblers 4-H Club earned the Best Float Award. Ceniteers 4-H Club earned the Best Animal and Best Theme awards, and Blue Ribbon Landscaping won the Best Commercial Award.
The Open Class Division quilt auction once again set a new record. Willa and Ron Stanley bought the king-size quilt and two pillows assembled from the 2013 quilt block challenge entries for $600.
Fairgoers can stop in the Open Class exhibit in the Activity Building to vote on their favorite 2014 quilt block entries. Those blocks will be sewn into a quilt and auctioned at the 2015 fair.
The Open Class Division used the proceeds to help the Jefferson County 4-H Foundation. The auction has brought in record amounts for several years: $425 in 2009; $500 in 2010, $525 in 2011; and $550 in 2012 and $575 in 2013.
The $500 Tom Hoskins Memorial Scholarship from the Jefferson County 4-H Foundation was presented to Alli Philips, a 2014 Pekin High School graduate and Jefferson County 4-H member.
Steve Smith from KMCD presented the KMCD-Brownfield Ag Awards to Trenton Conger, a 2014 Pekin High School graduate, and Allison Angstead, a 2014 Fairfield High School graduate.
Alison Dickinson sang “See You Again” in memory of Jordon Baker. Baker died July 1, 2013, from injuries received in a farm accident south of Fairfield. The 16-year-old was the son of Michael and Jennifer Baker of Douds. He was a member of the Rough Riders 4-H Club, presiding as president, and a member of the Jefferson County Teen Council. He had attended Van Buren County High School.
The Bill Riley Talent contest featured several acts.
Local winners advancing to senior division competition at the 2014 Iowa State Fair are Cheyenne Anderson, age 15, and Madison Soupiset, age 17, both of Fairfield. The two did a hip-hop dance to “Outta Your Mind.”