Casey Matney has big plans to attend Wartburg College this fall and study music therapy and education.
Before that next big step, Matney added a big honor Wednesday night - she was named Central Iowa Fair Queen.
Matney, 18, is the daughter of Rusty and Jamie Matney of Liscomb and a recent BCLUW High School graduate.
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Casey Matney, left, was named the 2013 Central Iowa Fair Queen during a ceremony Wednesday night at the fairgrounds. Also pictured is the Little Ms. Princess Paityn Peterson.
"It feels awesome," Matney said after her coronation.
Matney knows her way around the fairgrounds as she has been showing cattle and other 4-H projects for several years at the fair. She said she loves all the activities at the fair and now can't believe she'll take part in them this year as queen.
"It's awesome to represent Marshall County," she said.
Matney will also take part in the Iowa State Fair Queen contest next month.
"That's going to be intense," she said.
Runner-up was Paige Slifer, Rachel Freland was named most photogenic and Matney was named Ms. Congeniality. Fair organizers said they were impressed with the group of eight girls who were candidates for the queen this year.
Paityn Peterson, 8, of Rhodes, was randomly selected as this year's Little Ms. Princess.
Thursday night also saw Doni Sheldon as the surprise inductee into the Central Iowa Fair Hall of Fame. The recently-retired youth coordinator for Marshall County Extension and tireless advocate for the fair and 4-H was caught off guard with the honor.
"This is a wonderful honor," Sheldon said. "I'm shocked."
The fair continues with full days of events Thursday, Friday and Saturday and wraps up by midday Sunday.