Kelsey Smith reigns at Iowa State FairMP girl becomes first Henry County Fair Queen to wear state crown
Kelsey Smith did Henry County proud, making history Saturday night.
Smith, 17, the daughter of Jason and Debbie Smith of Mt. Pleasant, was crowned Henry County Fair Queen last month. Saturday night she added a larger crown — the 2013 Iowa State Fair crown.
In winning the crown, Smith made history, becoming the first Henry County Queen to wear the state crown. Henry County did have a first runner-up in 2010, Shelby Wegener of New London.
There were a total of 102 contestants who participated in this year’s competition. All had been crowned queen of their respective county fairs prior to the State Fair.
Smith, who will reign for the next year, received a $2,800 scholarship from the Iowa State Fair in addition to her crown, sash and trophy. She also received a floral bouquet, a $600 gift card to Jordan Creek Mall, a Tiffany Co. necklace and a personalized Iowa State Fair brick from the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation to be placed at the Anne and Bill Riley Stage.
Judging in the fair queen competition is based on personality, attitude, awareness, leadership, citizenship, contribution to community, overall appearance, charm and poise.
Chandler Mores, 18, of Shelby County was first runner-up. Second runner-up was Megan Pretz, 18, of Louisa County. Adelai Swanson, 19, of Wright County was third runner-up.
Natalie Hanson, representing the National cattle Congress in Benton County, was presented the Outstanding Leadership award.
Megan Black, 19, of Jefferson County was presented the Personality Plus award.