Central Iowa Fair Queen crowned

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Nineteen-year-old Ally Lamer was crowned Central Iowa Fair Queen Wednesday evening at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds.

Three young ladies waited with bated breath to see which among the trio would be named this year’s Central Iowa Fair Queen. Nineteen-year-old Ally Lamer was crowned fair queen, with Malorie Blink as First Runner-up.

Blink was also awarded Miss Photogenic. Miss Congeniality went to Emily Pansegrau.

Lamer lives in Haverhill and serves as a volunteer firefighter for the Laurel Fire Department. She is a student at Kirkwood Community College studying fire science and will transfer to Oklahoma State University after this year.

“This feels so good,” Lamer said. “I love how the community came together to support me. The other girls are amazing and deserve this too. They did so well. I’m proud to be part of Marshall County and be the queen for them.”

Lamer is active in FFA and livestock judging. She is the daughter of Mark and Julie Lamer.

Denny Grabenbauer again served as emcee of the event.

“This is a remarkable trio,” Grabenbauer said.

This year’s Little Miss Princess honor went to 7-year-old Luella Fischer, who just finished kindergarten. Her parents are Scott and Jaia Fischer.

A total of eight little girls competed for the honor. The Little Miss Princess is chosen through a random drawing. Girls in grades kindergarten through third are eligible.

The Fair Queen will represent Marshall County at the Iowa State Fair and participate in Oktemberfest.

The 2018 Fair Queen Madelynn “Madde” Green and Little Miss Princess Bria Pfantz were on hand to congratulate this year’s winners.

All queen contestants went home with a gift bag filled with prizes and gift cards from local businesses valued at $250. This year’s winners will participate in the ice cream eating contest and be present for the nightly activities throughout the duration of the fair.

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