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2017 Fair Queen To Be Crowned Thursday Evening

July 19, 2017
by Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

The first day's activities of the 2017 edition of the Palo Alto County Fair will conclude Thursday evening with the crowning of the Palo Alto County Fair Queen. The coronation activities begin at 6:45 this evening, with the introduction of the four candidates, and the actual coronation ceremonies will take place at 8 p.m. on the stage of the open-air pavilion on the Fairgrounds.

Here is a chance to get to know the four young ladies who are vying for the title of Palo Alto County Fair Queen.

Mary Nelson is the 17-year old daughter of Jim and Diane Nelson of Emmetsburg. Mary will be a senior at Emmetsburg High School this Fall. In her high school career, Mary has been active in Cross Country and Track, and has served as a wrestling manager for two years as well as a member of Concert Choir, Show Choir, FFA, Art Club, Individual Speech and the National Honor Society. Mary is also a member of the E-Hawk Buddy program in the Emmetsburg schools. She has earned varsity letters in cross-country and track for three years and has served as secretary for the FFA and the Junior Class secretary/treasurer. She is on the A Honor Roll and is the secretary of the National Honor Society chapter.

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MARY NELSON

She is active Holy Family where she helps with the Children's Liturgy program.

As a 4-H member, Mary has shown numerous static exhibits and has shown cattle in the Feeder Pen division and is a member of the 4-H Youth County Council.

In her spare time, Mary enjoys running, reading, playing the piano, drawing and painting.

enjoys the outdoors, hanging out with friends and family as well as watching movies, fishing, running and reading.

After graduating, Mary plans to attend a University to major in History/Education.

Anna Sorenson is the 16-year old daughter of Jon and Kari Sorenson of Graettinger. Anna will be a senior at Graettinger-Terril High School this coming school year. She has been active in volleyball, basketball, track, softball, concert band and pep band, large group speech, dramatics FFA, class officer for three years and student council member for two years and will be a football cheerleader this coming school year. She is a three-year letter winner in volleyball, basketball and track and Academic All Conference for two years in each sport, as well as a State Track Qualifier in 2017. She also earned letters in softball four years. Anna has earned recognition on the Honor Roll for three years, been a member of the National Honor Society for two years and an officer in the NHS one year and has also received recognition on the Deans' List at Iowa Lakes Community College.

Anna is active in the Lost Island Lutheran Church and is a member of the altar guild, works with the church soup supper, ice cream social and is a lay leader. She also delivers Meals on Wheels as a volunteer and participated in a mission trip to Haiti last summer with the Love Takes Root Foundation.

As a 4-H member, Anna has been an officer for three years, worked with various community service projects and is a member of the Palo Alto County 4-H Youth County Council. She has earned numerous honors for her beef exhibits, as well as Food and Nutrition program and has exhibited at the Iowa State Fair. She has received the 4-H Merit Award , Market Beef Supreme, Breeding Beef Supreme Award and Food and Nutrition Supreme Award.

In her spare time, Anna enjoys coloring pictures, baking, hanging out with friends, watching sports and movies, doing various Do It Yourself projects and playing various sports.

Anna's future plans are to graduate from both Graettinger-Terril Community High School and Iowa Lakes Community College in May of 2018 and then attend a four-year university to pursue a career in the medical field.

Sarah Brown is the 17-year old daughter of Larry and Renita Brown of West Bend. Sarah will be a senior at Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona this coming school year. In school, Sarah is active in volleyball and the Christian Leadership Program at BGHS. She has been on the Honor Roll for three years and honored at the Academic banquet for three years, as well as being named the Algona Kiwanis Student of the Month.

Sarah is active in her church, helping with Bible School, working at the parish turkey dinner, making cookies for the annual community blood drive and packing food for the Parish Family's Against Hunger program in Algona. Additionally, Sarah is involved in the Mindy's Miles program, Pedal for Pete, Clean the Shelter House in West Bend, Santa Days at the West Bend Library and caroling at the Care Center.

In 4-H, Sarah has exhibited numerous sewing projects, as well as home improvement projects, Self-Determined projects and has exhibited sheep projects. She is a member of the 4-H Youth County Council and is active in the Ag Olympics, CowPie Bingo, Kiss the Swine, Youth BBQ, Bean Bag Tournament and Watermelon Eating contests at the fair.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys hanging out with her friends, babysitting, boating and tubing, going on family road trips, sewing and working with animals.

After graduation, Sarah plans to attend college and major in Psychology.

Madison Norris is the 17-year old daughter of Kyle and Amee Norris of Graettinger. Madison will be a senior at Graettinger-Terril High School this coming school year. She has been active in volleyball, basketball, track, softball, band, student council and the National Honor Society. She has earned All Conference honors in softball and basketball, as well as Academic All Conference, and was named to the National Honor Society, qualified for the State Track Meet in 2017, was selected as Athlete of the Week and has exhibited at the Iowa State Fair.

Madison is active in her church, assisting in various activities, and also works as a lifeguard at the Graettinger Municipal Swimming Pool, works at Detasseling and is busy with her 4-H activities.

In her 4-H career, Madison has shown rabbits, and participated in most static exhibit project areas over the years, and participates annually in the Ag Olympics.

When she has spare time, Madison enjoys wakeboarding, babysitting, church quilting, watching Netflix with her family, fishing and hanging out with her friends.

Upon graduation, Madison plans to attend college and earn a degree in either education or Psychology.

The newly crowned Palo Fair Queen will represent Palo Alto County at the 2017 Iowa State Fair Queen Contest next month in Des Moines.

 
 
 

 

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