The crowning of royalty was one of the highlights of the 2014 Palo Alto County Fair, along with the countless ribbons and awards earned by exhibitors. The fair ended its' four-day run on Sunday, July 20.
The first royalty of the fair were named early Thursday evening, when Leah Hoffman, the daughter of Steve and Martha Hoffman of West Bend was named the Clover Kid Queen. Then, Shane Moran, the son of Rob and Julie Moran of Ruthven was selected as the Clover Kid King.
Competing for the 2014 Fair Queen title were BriAna Campbell of Emmetsburg along with Kylie Hoch, Alicia Mogler and Emily Riesenberg, all of West Bend.
PALO ALTO COUNTY FAIR ROYALTY - The 2014 edition of the Palo Alto County Fair was filled with events and created lots of memories. The fair opened with the crowning of the Fair Royalty on July 17. At left is the Palo Alto County Fair Queen for 2013, Lydia Reding, who crowned her successor, BriAna Campbell of Emmetsburg, second from left. Kylie Hoch of West Bend, center, was named first runner up and fair princesses were Alicia Mogler and Emily Riesenberg, both of West Bend.
For the selection of the 2014 Palo Alto County Fair Queen, judges Suzy Koenck of Graettinger, 2012 Fair Queen Liesel Schwartzkopf of West Bend and Linda Rouse of Emmetsburg met with all four contestants for the honor during a breakfast earlier Thursday morning and conducted personal interviews with the four young women.
For the final judging in the event, each of the four young women were asked to answer a question, on-stage in the Open Air Pavilion by Master of Ceremonies Scott Smith prior to the coronation.
BriAna Campbell was asked who inspired her and why.
"I would have to say my Mom," Campbell answered. "She does so much for me and my brother all the time. She's there for everything and she gives 110 percent all the time and is always there when I?need her."
Emily Riesenberg was asked what personal quality she has seen grown through her activities and how it might help her in the future.
"It would have to be leadership,"?Riesenberg said. "Through being in speech and on the County Council, I've become more comfortable speaking before people and I've learned how to be a leader of people."
Alicia Mogler was asked what she enjoyed the most as a member of the 4-H County Youth Council.
"That would be meeting all the new people,"?Mogler said. "I also really enjoy planning and carrying out the activities for the younger children in 4-H."
Kyle Hoch was asked what her best childhood memory of 4-H was. The answer was almost instantaneous.
"That would be winning the title of Penny Carnival Queen,"?Hoch said. "I got to play all the games free all day and won prizes. To me at that time, that was amazing!"
After a final tabulation of ballots, retiring Fair Queen Lydia Reding would crown BriAna Campbell, the daughter of Kim Campbell of Emmetsburg, as the 2014 Palo Alto County Fair Queen, with Kylie Hoch being selected as the First Runner-up.
Campbell's official duties began the next morning with market swine show as she handed out ribbons to the exhibitors for the swine show, as well as the market goat and lamb shows and Saturday's market beef show.
Queen BriAna will travel to Des Moines next month to represent Palo Alto County in the 2014 Iowa State Fair Queen Contest.