Six enter Jefferson County Fair queen contest
The 2014 Greater Jefferson County Fair queen contest is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on the free stage of the show arena.
This year, six young women are vying for the title.
Bailey Bowman, 17 years old, is the daughter of Heidi Bowman and Robert Bowman.
At school, Bowman has been involved in show, jazz and women’s choirs; marching, concert and pep band; and drama and softball. She was the swimming team captain, the dance and drill choreographer, and VOX choir section leader.
Her community activities include: church choir; city softball tournament volunteer; swimming program volunteer for YMCA.
Bowman’s honors include being a four-year state qualifier in swimming. Her honors also include: All-academic team, four years; all sports varsity letter; All-State chorus and jazz member, two years; finalist for All-State chorus soloist; All-State jazz soloist; and Quincy Jones Music Award recipient .
Bowman’s hobbies include reading, singing, acting, swimming, water skiing and watching Disney movies.
Her future plans include attending Luther College to major in nursing and specialize in obstetrics. She also plans participate in swimming and vocal music while attending Luther.
Her sponsors: Crazy 3 Buck’n Bulls & Cattle Co. Roger Deao.
Emily Manning, 17 years old, is the daughter of Craig and Mary Manning.
Manning’s school activities include: varsity football cheerleading and Health Occupation Students of America.
Manning’s community activities: include youth group and volunteering at dance camp and the Clover Kids day camp. She is a member of Walnut Ridge Workers 4-H Club.
Her honors include being listed on the honor roll, named second runner-up in the Midwest Old Threshers Sweet 16, and placing first in the HOSA Bowl in medical reading.
Manning’s hobbies include dancing, outdoor activities and helping younger kids dance.
In the future, Manning plans to attend Indian Hills Community College to obtain a nursing degree.
Her sponsors include Studio 100 and Middlekoop Seed Corn.
Sesali Martin, 18 years old, is the daughter of Steve and Stacey Sieren
Her school activities include: varsity football cheerleading captain, varsity dance and drill and varsity track.
Martin’s community activities include the Le Cygne Dance Academy and youth dance camp. Martin has been listed on the honor roll, ISDTA solo contest Division I, Two Division I for Hip Hop, that she choreographed for the ISDTA Championship.
Her hobbies are dancing, running, being outside, gardening, biking, and staying active.
Martin’s future plans are to attend University of Iowa and major in elementary education, then continue to get a masters in administration.
Her sponsors are D & D Horras Farms and Studio 100.
Ashley Nelson, 17 years old, is the daughter of Shawn and Heather Nelson.
For her school activities, she lists: National Honor Society; FFA; jazz, girls and combo choirs; TAG; Fairfield Career Academy for Health Services; and student council. She has a 4.0 grade point average.
In the community, Nelson volunteers for Kings Kids at Church, Old Threshers and church camp.
Her FFA activities include serving as FFA reporter, secretary and treasurer. She sang with the Iowa State FFA Choir.
Her 4-H activities include, she has served as the Round Prairie Echoes 4-H Club historian. She also is a member of the Teen County Council.
Nelson’s hobbies include being outdoors, singing, scrapbooking, photography, quilting, hunting, being with friends and family, camping, and swimming.
After graduating high school, Nelson plans to attend University of Iowa and receive her nursing degree specializing in pediatrics.
Her sponsor is The Full Effect Salon.
Mallory Reed, 17 years old, is the daughter of Chad and Dawn Reed.
She lists her school activities as: volleyball, track, Spanish club, speech and drama club make-up team, student council and Nation al Honor Society.
Reed lists her community activities as youth group, church volunteer and COR. She is a member of Packwood Trojans 4-H Club, Jefferson County Teen Council. She is an FFA photographer and leadership team member and helps serve the community breakfast.
Reed’s honors include: National Honor Society; state track medalist; “A” Honor Roll; academic letter award winner; varsity letter in track and volleyball. She was the senior class vice president
Her hobbies include boating, tubing, working with cattle, riding 4- wheelers, weight lifting and fishing.
Her future plans are to attend college to pursue a degree in agriculture and participate in track.
Reed’s sponsors are Midwest Water Inc.-Diane Davisson and Sinclair (John Deere).
Brooke Stever, 18 years old, is the daughter of John and Lori Stever.
Stever’s school activities include volleyball, golf, track, choir, Future Business Leaders of America, freshman orientation assistant, National Honor Society, and the mentor program.
Her community activities include vacation Bible school counselor, church nursery volunteer, youth volleyball camp volunteer.
Stever is a member of and held various offices in the Ceniteers 4-H Club. She has participated in 4-H service projects, such as nursing home visits, fair clean up, Youth Committee food booth, youth camp volunteer and FSQA training assistant.
Honors received include the Silver Academic Awards for Renaissance, academic awards for volleyball, track and golf.
Her hobbies are quilting, scrapbooking, photography, four-wheeler riding, reading and hunting.
Stever plans to attend Iowa State University and major in elementary education.
Her sponsor is Edward Jones Investment-John Stever.
The fair queen contest will be preceded by the Little Miss contest at 6 p.m.
The Open Class Division quilt auction will be held during the opening night.
Last year, Judy Hinshaw bought the king-size quilt and two pillows assembled from the 2012 quilt block challenge entries for a record-setting $575.
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 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.
Also during the opening night festivities, winners of this evening’s fair parade will were announced.
Events on the free stage Wednesday will conclude with the Bill Riley Talent Search set to begin at 7:30 p.m.
The Bill Riley Talent Search offers an opportunity to help young Iowans experience the excitement and dedication necessary to help them succeed in life as well as on stage. The goal is to promote self esteem, self discipline and self-confidence through participation in the performing arts.
Young Iowans are invited to register to compete in the Sprout Division for ages 2-12 and Senior Division for ages 13-21 by contacting Kerry Hadley at 319-456-2931.
The winning act from each division will qualify to compete at the Iowa State Fair Aug. 7-17 in Des Moines, with prize money at the state fair championship totaling more than $17,000.
The Tough Truck competition will get underway at 8 p.m. in the grandstand.
Admission to the fairgrounds is free. Admission to the grandstand events is charged.