Palo Alto County's annual celebration of youth and summer is just around the corner. The 2012 edition of the Palo Alto County Fair will open on Thursday, July 19, at the Fairgrounds in Emmetsburg.
As in past years, crowning of the 2012 Palo Alto County Fair Quee will take place on Thursday at 7:45 p.m. in the open-air pavilion on the fairgrounds. This is one of the highlights of the County Fair.
Here is a chance to get to know the four young women who are in contention for the honor of Palo Alto County Fair Queen.
Liesel Schwartzkopf is the 17-year old daughter of Doug and Karen Schwartzkopf of Whittemore. A junior at West Bend-Mallard High School, Liesel has been active in Basketball, Track and Field, Softball, Band, Speech, Drama, Football Statistician and the National Honor Society, as well as JETS and Student Government. Liesel has earned the Presidential Education Award, and has received Academic Excellence Awards along with being named to the Cornbelt Academic All Conference teams. She has also received athletic and academic letters in all of her high school activities.
A member of the Fern Valley 4-H'ers for eight years, Liesel is also a member of the County 4-H Youth Council and has participated every year in the Fair Clean Up Day, Beef Shows, Share the Fun, Ag Olympics and as a host in the 4-H Exhibits Building. She has received numerous 4-H awards and honors, including Citizenship and Merit Awards along with Project Awards and has had three projects selected for competition at the Iowa State Fair and received Blue Ribbons for all three projects.
In her community, Liesel has been involved in activities through her 4-H club including community beautification, Christmas Decorations and Christmas Caroling for the West Bend Care Center and involvement with the Mindy's Miles Bike Ride.
In her spare time, Liesel enjoys hanging out with friends, camping with her family, working with her cattle and attending extra practices for her athletic endeavors. She works part time at Kampen Foods in West Bend and after graduation in May of 2013, Liesel plans to attend Iowa State University to major in Animal Science or Athletic Training.
Logan Egland is the 17-year old daughter of Mike and Charla Egland of Ruthven. A junior at Emmetsburg High School, Logan is active in the Emmetsburg FFA and its activities and is currently serving as the chapter Sentinel. Additionally, Logan is active in the Iowa High School Rodeo Association and will serve as the Pole Director for the organization in the coming year.
A member of the Cantering 4-H'ers, Logan is currently serving as President of the club and assisting with various aspects of the horse show at the fair and mentoring junior exhibitors at the fair, as well as competing in the event. She was the Junior Queen of the Heartland Paint Hors Club in 2009-2010.
In the community, Logan serves as a volunteer coach for the swim team in the summer and winter through the Smith Wellness Center in Emmetsburg and has been a member of the swim teams for 13 years as of the winter of 2011.
In her spare time, Logan enjoys riding horses, swimming in both the pool and in lakes, helping her Dad around the farm and working with her family at Prairie States Management, as well as just hanging out with her family and friends. Following her graduation in May of 2013, Logan plans to attend Iowa Lakes Community College for general studies and then transfer to Iowa State University to obtain a Bachelors' Degree in Swine Nutrition. After reaching that goal, Logan then plans to obtain a PhD in Swine Nutrition.
Sarah Mader is the 17-year old daughter of Ron and Mary Mader of Mallard, A junior at West Bend-Mallard High School, Sarah is active in Softball, Basketball, Track and Field, Golf, Drill Team, Choir National Honor Society, Football Statistician, Student Government. Sarah has earned numerous Athletic and Academic letters through high school, as well as Athletic and Academic All Conference recognition. Sarah also received numerous honors in State Dance competitions since 2009, several honors for her artistic talents.
As a member of the Fern Valley 4-H'ers, Sarah has exhibited livestock in the past and will exhibit a variety of items at this year's fair. In the community, Sarah is active in St. Mary's Catholic Church. She also participates in the Quad County Pride Softball league and is a substitute in the Outlaw Softball league.
Sarah works as a lifeguard at the West Bend Swimming Pool and also teaches swimming lessons to youth, as well as working at the Uptown Caf. In her spare time, Sarah likes to play sports, especially softball, dancing, art, fashion, swimming, working out and being with her friends. After graduating from West Bend-Mallard in May of 2013 Sarah will attend Iowa State University to major in Fashion Design and Merchandising.
Janet Kenyon is the 18-year old daughter of Ron and Colleen Kenyon of Whittemore. A junior at Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona, Janet has been active in Marching Band, Pep Band, Concert Band, Choir, Speech, Musicals, Madrigals, Softball and Christian Leadership group. She has earned several letters for her participation in band, choir, speech and softball during her high school career, and has been named to the Honor Roll on numerous occasions. Janet attended the American Legion's Girls State program and has heard the Catholic Daughters of American Poetry contest.
As a member of both the Fern Valley 4-H'ers and the Independence Boosters 4-H Clubs, Janet is currently serving as the President of the County 4-H Youth Council. She has served three years as president and secretary for each of the clubs, assisted each year with Fair Clean Up Day and has earned Commercial Rabbit and Champion Showmanship honors at the Palo Alto County Fair, and was also selected as the Galen Smith Award recipient. She has also had projects selected for competition at the Iowa State Fair.
In her community, Janet has helped with cleaning of road ditches, helping with the annual Easter Egg Hunt, volunteered for Parish Families Against Hunger, and volunteered for various church activities, including GALA, as well as yard work at her church, cleaning neighbors' homes and babysitting, along with volunteering at Mary's Place.
Janet enjoys playing softball, working puzzles, crocheting, helping others, babysitting and spending time with her friends and family in her spare time. Following graduation from Bishop Garrigan next Spring, Janet plans to attend Iowa Lakes Community College.