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Miranda McGrauth Crowned Fair Queen

By Staff | Jul 26, 2011

Chelsey Rouse, the 2010 Palo Alto County Fair Queen, crowned the 2011 Fair Queen last Thursday, July 21. She is pictured placing the crown on Miranda McGrauth, a junior at Ruthven-Ayrshire High School. The trio of Fair Royalty includes Haley Banwart, a junior at West Bend-Mallard High School (left) and Ashley Brown, also a junior at West Bend-Mallard High School (right). --Jane Whitmore photo

“I was very surprised. I really didn’t expect it,” said a smiling Miranda McGrauth after she was crowned 2011 Palo Alto County Fair Queen.

What were her first official duties at the Palo Alto County Fair? “I’ll be back at the fair bright and early tomorrow morning,” she said.

Crowning of the 2011 Palo Alto County Fair Queen was Thursday, July 21, opening day of the fair. Miranda McGrauth, Haley Banwart and Ashley Brown spent most of the day with the judges. They were judged on their resumes, personal interview, personality and poise, onstage presence, and answer to an onstage question.

Judging the competition were Linda Rouse, Sarah Bonnstetter and Tiffany Johnston. The judges crafted questions designed for each contestant.

Ashley Brown was asked to explain the advantage of living on the farm, rather than living in town. “I don’t get into as much trouble,” she said with a smile. She also pointed out that she has to okay everything with her parents before leaving home.

Miranda McGrauth was asked how she balances school activities and family activities. “I try to spend study halls wisely and family time is on Sunday. My parents are always there for me,” she said.

Haley Banwart has aspirations to attend Iowa State University and she was asked what challenges she might face moving from a small community to Iowa State University. “I’m really a homebody so it will take some getting used to the city. I love living on my farm,” she answered.

Fair Queen Miranda returned to the fair Friday morning, wearing her tiara, to award ribbons at the all of the livestock shows.

Miranda McGrauth is the daughter of Mark and Julie McGrauth of Ruthven. She is active in extracurricular activities at school and she is active in her church youth group. An member of the Highland Cruisers 4-H Club, Miranda also serves on the 4-H Youth County Council.

Fair Queen Miranda will represent Palo Alto County at the Iowa State Fair later this summer.

Attending the Iowa State Fair was the highlight of Chelsey Rouse’s reign.

“A year ago I handed out ribbons here at the livestock shows,” said Chelsey. “Then I went to the State Fair where I met a lot of new people. I keep in touch with a lot of the girls I met there.”

She explained that all of the fair queens attended workshops and they made blankets that were donated to a shelter.

Chelsey will attend Iowa State University this fall. She is the daughter of Ron and Sue Rouse.

Haley and Ashley are also members of the 4-H County Council. They, along with Miranda, helped organize events including Mud Volleyball, Minute to Win It, Ag Olympics and the Watermelon Eating Contest.

Haley is the daughter of John and Kim Banwart of West Bend and a member of the Fern Valley 4-H Club.

Ashley Brown is the daughter of Larry and Renita Brown of West Bend and a member of the Fern Valley 4-H Club.