Megan Black crowned fair queen
Eighteen-year-old Megan Black, the daughter of Matt and Dawn Black, was crowned the 2013 Greater Jefferson County Fair Queen during opening night of the fair.
“We have the best county fair,” said Black, who, as the county’s fair queen, will be competing in the Iowa State Fair queen contest. She 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. 8-18, with the queen coronation set for 7 p.m. Aug. 10 on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage. The new queen will reign over the 2013 state fair.
The 2012 Greater Jefferson County Fair queen, Marissa Greenfield, said her entire queen experience was unforgettable and she had never felt more honored than when she heard her name announced as the queen.
The sash and crown were “conversation starters,” and she enjoyed meeting people and talking about the county fair. Greenfield said competition, workshops and events at the Iowa State Fair were “unreal,” and she also enjoyed meeting new people there.
“It changed my life,” she said, adding she is sad the journey is over, but proud to have had the opportunity to represent Jefferson County.
The 2013 Jefferson County first runner-up was Brooke Stever, the 17-year-old daughter of John and Lori Stever.
The second runner-up and the winner of the Leadership Award was Kaitlyn Daugherty, the 17-year-old daughter of Joe and Stacey Daugherty.
Ellen Peters, the 17-year-old daughter of Kevin and Shelley Peters, earned the Think on Your Feet Award for giving the most correct answers to questions asked in 60-seconds.
Black also was named Miss Congeniality by her co-contestants.
The 2013 Greater Jefferson County Fair Little Miss is Erica Hoy, daughter of Michelle and Mike Hoy of Fairfield. Erica also won the Gift of Gab award.
The first runner-up was Jayden Murphey, daughter of Patricia and Curtis Murphey of Fairfield.
The second runner-up was Hailey Burke, daughter of Heidi Pickard and Richard Burke of Fairfield.
The Best Costume Award, following the theme “Giddy Up Cowgirl,” was earned by Briana Steele, daughter of Jason and Carrie Steele of Lockridge.
The Best Smile Award went to Haylea Oostra, daughter of David and Sheri Oostra of Packwood.
The Most Spunky Award went to Jewelianna Murphey, daughter of Patricia and Curtis Murphey of Fairfield.
The Fair Spirit Award went to Emma Phillips, daughter of Shawn and Jody Phillips of Richland.
Also during the opening night festivities, winners of the Tuesday evening fair parade were announced. Adam Burkhalter won the Best Commercial Award. Both the 4-H Best Use of Animals and 4-H Best Float awards went to the Ceniteers 4-H Club. The Best Use of Theme — “Roundin’ down to fair time” — went to the Des Moines Ramblers 4-H Club.
The Open Class quilt auction once again set a new record. Judy Hinshaw bought the king-size quilt and two pillows assembled from the 2012 quilt block challenge entries for $575. Fairgoers can stop in the Open Class exhibit in the Activity Building to vote on their favorite 2013 quilt block entries. Those blocks will be sewn into a quilt and auctioned at the 2014 fair. The proceeds benefit the Jefferson County Fair Open Class Division, which is independent of the Jefferson County Fair Board. The auction has brought in record amounts for several years: $425 in 2009; $500 in 2010, $525 in 2011; and $550 in 2012.
The $500 Tom Hoskins Memorial Scholarship from the Jefferson County 4-H Foundation was presented to Brandon Taglauer, a 2013 Fairfield High School graduate and Jefferson County 4-H member.
A painting of the late Colleen Smith was dedicated by her daughters Tiffany Warner and Heather Mercer. The painting by Fairfield artist Mark Schafer will hang in the Activity Building during the fair and then be moved to the Jefferson County ISU Extension Office. Smith, who died Sept. 17, 2009, following a motorcycle accident, was the first woman on the Jefferson County Fair Board.
The Atwood family dedicated the Norman Atwood Memorial Award Wall. The brick wall, which will be used as a backdrop for photos of award winners, was built on a concrete foundation at the southwest corner of the show arena.
The Bill Riley Talent contest featured several acts. Local winners advancing to competition at the 2013 Iowa State Fair are Fairfield Middle School vocalist Julia Fritz in the Sprouts Division, and the Bowman family singers in the Senior Division.