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2015 Palo Alto County Fair Opens With Crowning Of Royalty

By Staff | Jul 28, 2015

FAIR ROYALTY - The 2015 Palo Alto County Fair Queen, Cassy Olesen of Graettinger, second from the left, accepts her bouquet of roses from the 2014 Fair Queen, BriAna Campbell after her coronation. Also competing for the title were First Runner Up Rachel Hoffman of West Bend, Emily Park of Graettinger and Kelli Klepper of West Bend. -- Dan Voigt phot

Selection and crowning of royalty and honoring special people were just a couple of the events that officially kicked off the 2015 edition of the Palo Alto County Fair last Thursday evening, July 23, in Emmetsburg. The fair wrapped up its four-day run Sunday afternoon, July 26, with the annual All Premium Auction, Go-Kart races and Pony Express Open Horse Show.

After opening-day judging for rabbits and dog projects, evening activities began with the crowning of the CloverKid King and Queen, as Olivia Sorenson, the daughter of Jon and Kari Sorenson of rural Graettinger and Abner Zaugg, the son of John and Audrey Zaugg of West Bend, were selected as the fair’s young royalty.

A group of four young women competed for the title of Palo Alto County Fair Queen for 2015. The contestants wee Emily Park, the daughter of Scott and Lynn Park of Graettinger and Cassy Olesen, the daughter of Steve and Ronda Olesen of Graettinger were joined on stage by Rachel Hoffman, the daughter of Steve and Martha Hoffman of West Bend and Kelli Klepper, the daughter of Jim and Pennie Klepper, also of West Bend.

Tasked with the duty of selecting the queen, the panel of judges, Greta Rouse, Roberta Hersom and Liesel Schwartzkopf. The four contestants met with the judges prior to the evening for private interviews and were asked an on-stage question that evening.

Master of Ceremonies Scott Smith asked Rachel Hoffman how a young person who didn’t own a horse could become involved in 4-H Horse programs.

CLOVERKID KING AND QUEEN - The first royalty crowned at the 2015 Palo Alto County Fair were Abner Zaugg, the son of John and Audrey Zaugg of West Bend and Olivia Sorenson, the daughter of Jon and Kari Sorenson of Graettinger. -- Dan Voigt photo

“They could contact a club leader, check into leasing or borrowing a horse and talking with the county fair’s horse superintendent or other horse exhibitors,”?Hoffman answered.

Emily Park was asked what qualities she possessed that would make her a great nurse when she graduates high school.

“I really care about people, and I?honestly enjoy helping others,”?Park said. “And I’m very respectful.”

Kelli Klepper was asked about her enjoyment of her dogs and what kids can gain from having a pet.

“I think having a pet helps develop a sense of responsibility in taking care of an animal, and by loving the pet, the child will receive unconditional love in return from their pet,”?Klepper replied.

Cassy Olesen was asked why 4-H’ers should join the County Youth Council.

“Being a member of the County Youth Council provides a great opportunity to meet new people and you make new friends and gain lots of opportunities through education and fellowship with their fellow 4-H’ers,” Olesen answered.

After the on-stage question, the three judges marked their final ballots for tabulation. The retiring 2014 Palo Alto County Fair Queen, BriAna Campbell, reflected on her experience as the Fair Queen over the past year, noting that the experience at the Iowa State Fair was a memory of a lifetime, along with the numerous appearances at events in the area during the year.

Campbell then carefully placed the queen’s tiara on the head of Cassy Olesen as the 2015 Palo Alto County Fair Queen. to conclude the ceremonies. Olesen will represent Palo Alto County at the Iowa State Fair next month in the Iowa State Fair Queen Contest.

The Fair Queen Contest was sponsored by Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative, the Palo Alto County Fair Board, Blossoming Creations, Hardware Hank, Iowa Lakes Community College Admissions Department, Shear Expressions Salon and the Riviera Theater.

Also sponsoring the contest were Shear Attitude Salon, Your Family Bakery, Subway Restaurant, Wentzel’s True Value-Farm and Home, Pizza Hut, Fridley Theaters, Dairy Queen, Kirby’s Cafe and Fareway Stores.

Additional sponsors included Mehan, Holland &?Central Financial Group, McDonalds, A&W?Family Restaurant, Hometown Convenience, Cottington Stowell &?Stillman Insurance and Real Estate and the St. Patrick’s Association, along with the Graettinger Country Store in Graettinger and Pam’s Final Touch and Ellie’s on Main of West Bend.