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Fair Queen Competition To Open 2010 Palo Alto County Fair

By Staff | Jul 20, 2010

An annual tradition of the Palo Alto County Fair is the crowning of the Palo Alto County Fair Queen. This year, a trio of young women will be competing for the honor of serving as the Fair Queen and representing Palo Alto County at the Iowa State Fair in August. The Queen coronation will be part of a varied program set for the first evening of the fair on Thursday, July 22.

 The 2009 Fair Queen coronation will take place at 7:45 p.m on the new stage in the Open Air Pavilion on the Fairgrounds. Judging is based on several criteria, including an application form, appearance, personal interview, personality/poise and an on-stage question. Each of the candidates will receive a $500 scholarship from Iowa Lakes Community College for their participation in the event.

Here is a chance to get to know the three young women who are in contention for the honor of Palo Alto County Fair Queen.

Megan Klootwyk is the daughter of Kent and Ronia Klootwyk of Emmetsburg. A May 2010 graduate of Emmetsburg High School, Megan was been active in volleyball, show choir, concert choir, softball, football and wrestling cheerleading. She earned recognition and outstanding ratings in vocal contest performances during high school and was a multiple letter winner as a cheer squad member.

Megan is a member of the Impulse Dance Team, a member of the puppet ministry team of the United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg and is employed at the Pizza Ranch Restaurant in Emmetsburg. As a member of the Cantering 4-H’ers, Megan is also a member of the Palo Alto County Youth Council.  In her spare time, Megan enjoys riding her horse, Walter, and hanging out with her friends. Megan plans to continue her education this Fall and attend college.

Chelsey Rouse is the daughter of Ron and Sue Rouse of Curlew. A junior at Emmetsburg High School, Chelsey has been active in numerous extra-curricular activities, including volleyball, golf, basketball, Flag Line, Student Council, Emmetsburg Dance Team, Varsity Show Choir, Pit Band for JV Show Choir and member of the Principal’s Student Advisory Committee. Additionally, Chelsey was president of the Junior Class and responsible for planning the 2010 Emmetsburg High School Prom.

Chelsey is a member of the National Honor Society and has maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.98. She received a Merit Award for her 4-H activities last year, and has served on the 4-H County Youth Council, as well as the Northwest Iowa Area 4-H Council.

 In the community, Chelsey works at A Heavenly Celebration and has been working towards obtaining a Community Service cord at graduation. She has volunteered at the Iowa State Fair as well as county 4-H events such as the Penny Carnival, Pedal With Pete and Fair Clean Up days. At the fair, Chelsey has exhibited beef cattle and numerous other project areas, and has been involved in the planning and participating in events such as mud volleyball and watermelon eating contests. She has also worked with Relay For Life, FFA Concessions Food drives, Community Clean Up Days and is also active in her church as a lector and altar server, as well as a Bible Camp volunteer.

Her hobbies include music, both playing piano and singing, along with dance and art. She also enjoys hanging out with her friends and appreciates correct grammar and use of the English language and writing.

Chelsey plans to attend Iowa State University following graduation next Spring.

Kourtney Clasing is the daughter of Diane Clasing and Paul Clasing of Emmetsburg, A May 2010 graduate of Emmetsburg High School, Kourtney was active in instrumental and vocal music, dramatics, volleyball and was a class officer for three years, most recently serving as vice-president of the senior class. She has also been a Wrestling statistician for the E-Hawk Wrestling Team four years.

In the community, Kourtney is a member of her church’s LIFE group, and also helps with Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She has also volunteered at Lakeside Lutheran Home, and been a member of the Junior Clippers 4-H Club for nine years.  During her 4-H career, Kourtney has participated in Share the Fun, participated in numerous project areas, presented an educational presentation at the Iowa State Fair and shown her dog Kallie at the fair.

Kourtney is a member of the National Honor Society and was the recipient of both Academic and Varsity Letters in high school.

In her spare time, Kourtney enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as movies and reading.

In the future, Kourtney plans to attend Iowa Lakes Community College and then transfer to a four-year university.