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Fair Queen Coronation Opens 2015 Palo Alto County Fair

By Staff | Jul 23, 2015

The 2015 edition of the Palo Alto County Fair gets underway today and the first day of the annual celebration of youth and summer will conclude 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.

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

Emily Park is the 18-year old daughter of Scott and Lynn Park of Graettinger. Emily will be a senior at Graettinger-Terril High School this Fall. In her high school career, Emily has been active in FFA, Track, Football Cheerleading, Student Council and is a member of the National Honor Society. She has also earned recognition on the Distinguished Honor Roll and been named Student of the Month at Graettinger-Terril.

She is active in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, helping at the annual soup supper and chicken dinner and works at the Graettinger Market, as well as serving as the Head Guard at the Graettinger Municipal Swimming Pool.

A member of the Pirates 4-H Club, Emily participates in the annual soup supper for the club, and has exhibited at the Palo Alto County Fair, showing a bucket-bottle calf, Pen of Three Market Steers and numerous exhibits, including clothing exhibits.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys the outdoors, hanging out with friends and family as well as watching movies, fishing, running and reading.

After graduating, Emily plans to attend a University to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Rachel Hoffman is the 17-year old daughter of Steve and Martha Hoffman of West Bend. Rachel will be a senior at West Bend-Mallard High School this coming school year. She has been active in Talented and Gifted programs and takes Advanced Placement courses, as well as participating in Quiz Bowl, HyperStream and has exhibited works in the Cornbelt Conference Art Show for two years and the Twin Lakes Conference Art Show one year. Rachel plays Volleyball, Basketball and Softball, is a member of the Choir and is on the Yearbook staff, where she will serve as Editor this coming school year.

She is a member of Peace Lutheran Church in West Bend and is very active in her community, working with the Little League program, Community Blood Drive, Palo Alto County Conservation Halloween Hike, Mindy’s Miles, West Bend Independence Day activities, and volunteering with activities at the West Bend Care Center and West Bend Public Library.

A member of the Fern Valley 4-H’ers, Rachel is also a member of the Palo Alto County 4-H County Council and youth member of the Palo Alto County Fair board. She has participated in numerous 4-H events, such as Pedal With Pete, Penny Carnival, State 4-H Youth Conference and Clover Kids Lock In. Rachel has earned multiple awards in her 4-H career, most recently the Self-Determined Award, Agriculture Award, Ak-Sar-Ben Award, Leadership Award, Margaret Pratt Scholarship, Fern Valley 4-H Club Community Service Award and Champion Showmanship at Halter Award at the 2014 Palo Alto County Fair.

In her spare time, Rachel enjoys drawing, painting, design and do anything art related. She also enjoys 4-H, riding her horses, camping, reading, cooking, baking and helping her siblings learn to do those things as well.

Upon graduation from West Bend-Mallard, Rachel plans to attend Iowa State University to major in Graphic Design and minor in a business field. After that, she would like to travel the world and start a family.

Cassy Olesen is the 17-year old daughter of Steve and Ronda Olesen of Graettinger. Cassy will be a senior this coming school year at Graettinger-Terril High School. During her high school career, Cassy has been involved in Football Cheerleading, Volleyball, Basketball, Speech, Student Council, FFA and is a member of the National Honor Society. Cassy is a three-season letter winner for Cheerleading and will be the squad Captain for the upcoming school year. She has also earned letters in Volleyball and Basketball and has served as Secretary and Vice President of the GT FFA, as well as Reporter, Secretary, Vice President and President of the Pirates 4-H Club.

Cassy is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Graettinger and assists with church activities including the annual chicken dinner. She is currently employed at the Fareway Stores in Emmetsburg. Most recently, Cassy was selected to attend the Iowa American Legion Girls’ State by the Auxiliary of the Nelson-Christensen American Legion Post in Graettinger.

As a member of the Pirates 4-H Club, Cassy is a member of the 4-H Youth County Council member as well as a youth member of the Palo Alto County Fair board. She has assisted with 4-H events including Mud Volleyball, Win It In A Minute Games, Watermelon Eating Contest, Ag Olympics, Cow Pie Bingo, Penny Carnival, Pedal with Pete, Clover Kid Lock In and the Bucket-Bottle Calf show. Cassy was awarded the Danforth “I Dare You” award, as well as Citizenship and Merit Awards during the past year. She exhibits breeding beef animals at the fair, as well as a dog project and projects in food and nutrition areas.

When she has leisure time, Cassy enjoys reading, baking, playing sports, spending time with her family and friends, working with livestock and watching movies.

After graduation from Graettinger-Terril, Cassy would like to attend Iowa State University or South Dakota State University to major in Agricultural Communication or Agricultural Business.

Kelli Klepper is the 17-year old daughter of Jim and Pennie Klepper of West Bend. Kelli will be a senior at West Bend-Mallard High School this coming school year. In her high school career, Kelli has been active in Drill Team, Golf, Football Cheerleading, Basketball Cheerleading, Softball, Quiz Bowl, Drama and HyperStream. Kelli has been named to the Honor Roll, earned letters in Football and Basketball Cheerleading and Drill Team and was named Drill Team Co-Captain. She has also received the Mindy Bruellman Firecracker Spirit Award, the Sts. Peter and Paul Citizenship Award, Overall Project Award for Citizenship and been named the Student of the Quarter for Activities and Citizenship at WB-M.

A member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Kelli is active as a server in church and assists with activities, as well as Sunday School and Summer Bible School. She also works at Kampen’s Foods, works with the WBM Middle School Flag Line, is a member of Big Sisters for Preschoolers and is a member of the Palo Alto County 4-H Youth County Council.

As a member of the Fern Valley 4-H’ers, Kelli has numerous exhibits, and exhibits in the dog obedience and agility shows. She serves as Mistress of Ceremonies for the annual Clover Kid King and Queen contest, participates in Share the Fun, assists in the Scavenger Hunt, Watermelon Eating Contest, serving at the County Council BBQ, County Council new member installation ceremonies, Pre-Fair cleanup activities and the Kiss the Swine Fundraiser.

In her spare time, Kelli enjoys dance, art, 4-H, cooking, biking, being with her family and friends and playing with her dogs.

After graduation from West Bend-Mallard High School, Kelli plans to attend either the University of Northern Iowa or Iowa State University to become an Elementary teacher. She hopes to find a job, get married and start her own family.

The queen contestants will be introduced at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, July 23, onstage in the open air pavilion at the Palo Alto County Fair with the actual crowning to take place at 8:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend the event.