Palo Alto County's annual celebration of youth and summer is set to begin on Thursday as the 2014 Palo Alto County Fair begins at the Fairgrounds in Emmetsburg. One of the annual traditions on the opening day of the fair is the crowning of the Palo Alto County Fair Queen, which will take place Thursday evening at 8:30 p.m. on the stage of the open-air pavilion.
A quartet of Palo Alto County 4-H members will be considered for the title of Fair Queen this year. Here is a chance to get to know these four young ladies.
Emily Riesenberg is the 18-year old daughter of Chuck and Lisa Riesenberg of West Bend. A junior at Bishop Garrigan High School, Emily has been active in Cross Country, Track and Field, Large Group Speech, Individual Speech, National Honor Society and has bee involved in Christian Leadership and has been named to the Honor Roll. Emily has been a member of state speech groups, as well as State Track, State Cross Country and State Envirathon. She earned first place in the CDA Poem and Essay Contest and has had several 4-H exhibits selected for the State Fair, along with numerous Outstanding Exhibit awards and a trip to State Leadership Conference.
As a member of the Fern Valley 4-H'ers at the Fair, Emily will be bringing several exhibits and plans to participate through the County 4-H Youth Council in the Scavenger Hunt, Ag Olympics, Watermelon Eating Contest, Minute To Win It Competition, Cow Pie Bingo and will serve as a host in the Exhibits Building and State Fair Display, as well as Clean up activities.
In her community, Emily is active in the Mindy's Miles program and has assisted in Santa Day Activities, Christmas Caroling, volunteering at Mary's Place, and has also volunteered to plant flowers on Main Street, worked at the annual Turkey supper and cleaned up after football games.
She is also active in her church activities, serving at Mass, serving as a waitress at KC Hall, and helping at the Grotto Ice Rink, as well as serving as a tour guide at the Grotto Ice Rink.
Spare time activities for Emily include reading, running and hanging out with her friends and family.
After graduation from high school, Emily plans to attend college to earn a degree in Social Work.
Alicia Mogler is the 17-year old daughter of Lynn and Amy Mogler of West Bend. A junior at West Bend-Mallard High School, Heather is active in Band and Choir, Yearbook, FFA, Cheerleading, Track and Field and is the Manager of the Dance Team. As a member of the Fern Valley 4-H club, Alicia has received numerous awards for her sheep projects, including Showmanship Honors. She also received a Superior project award for Photography. As a member of the Hawkeye FFA, Alicia is the chapter Secretary and earned the Greenhand Award and an Academic Award, as well as being selected to travel to Washington, DC for the FFA Washington Leadership Conference. Alicia has also been a on the Honor Roll throughout her high school career.
At the Palo Alto County Fair, Alicia will show Market Lambs along with several photography exhibits, sewing exhibits and some art-work exhibits. As a member of the 4-H County Youth Council, Alicia will assist with the Ag Olympics, Watermelon Eating Contest, Kiss the Pig promotion, Win It In A Minute contest, Clover Kid King and Queen, Cow Pie Bingo and other activities.
In the Community, Alicia works at the West Bend Swimming Pool and Algona Family YMCA as a lifeguard. She also works at Ellie's On Main in West Bend.
In her spare time, Alicia likes to hang out with her friends, take pictures and show sheep. She enjoys photography, agriculture and working with younger elementary children.
After graduation, Alicia plans to attend college to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education and live on a farm.
BriAna Campbell is the 18-year old daughter of Kim Campbell of Emmetsburg. A May 2014 graduate of Emmetsburg High School, Kim was active in Cheerleading four years; Volleyball for three years; Vocal Music, including Mixed Chorus, Concert Choir and Show Choir four years; Instrumental Music; National Honor Society; E-Hawk Buddy Program Middle School tutor and TRiO Educational Talent Search Participant over four years. She has taken piano lessons for 11 years and has served as an accompanist for numerous groups during her high school career. BriAna also traveled to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales as a People to People Ambassador, and earned Academic Letters three years.
As a member of the Junior Clippers 4-H Club, BriAna is a 4-H Youth County Council member and will have serveral projects at the fair. She will also be involved in numerous activities through the County Council. She has attended the Iowa State Fair several times participating in the 4-H "Share the Fun" competitions as a 4-H club member and individually and has served as a Judges' Assistant on Judging Day for several years.
In the community, BriAna is active in her church, where she has served as Sunday School music leader and participated in the church youth group, also traveling on a mission trip to Alabama. She has served as a STEM Camp counselor at Iowa Lakes Community College for the TRiO Educational Talent Search program. BriAna also works at Your Family Bakery and the Subway Restaurant in Emmetsburg.
When she has leisure time, BriAna likes to rollerblade, sing, play piano and travel. She also enjoys boating and being with her friends and family.
This Fall, BriAna plans to attend the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University.
Kylie Hoch is the 17-year old daughter of Robert and Tessie Hoch of West Bend. A junior at West Bend-Mallard High School, Kylie was active in Volleyball and Softball prior to sustaining a spinal injury. She is involved in Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Speech, and Drama and is the manager of the Golf Team. Kylie has also participated in State Speech contest and served as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the West Bend-Mallard Homecoming Parade.
As a member of the Fern Valley 4-H'ers and the Palo Alto County Council, Kylie has shown rabbits and the fair along with numerous projects and exhibits. She was even selected as the Queen of the annual 4-H Penny Carnival when she was in fifth grade! Kylie will be helping to plan and coordinate the various County Council activities at the fair, including the Ag Olympics, Win It In A Minute and Clover Kid King and Queen contest.
In the community, Kylie is currently enrolled in the Emergency Medical Technician course at Iowa Lakes Community College, and has earned certification in Basic Life Support. She is also a Certified Lifeguard, working at both the Whittemore Municipal Swimming Pool and the Smith Wellness Center in Emmetsburg. Kylie has also been active in Religious Education classes in her church throughout her life.
When she has some spare time, Kylie enjoys fishing, swimming, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, jet skiing and boating. She never tires of socializing and meeting new people, as her friends and family are a huge part of her life and spending time with all of them is always a great experience.
After graduating, Kylie plans to continue her education in the emergency medical field, with the possibility of one day becoming a Paramedic. To start towards that goal, Kylie plans to obtain a Medical Assistant and Radiologic Technology degree.
The queen contestants will be introduced at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, July 17, onstage in the open air pavilion at the Palo Alto County Fair with the actual crowning to take place at 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.