Hora is 2014 Fair QueenOlder sister crowns younger sister as Washington County Fair Queen
The Washington County Fair Queen’s crown is staying in the family. The 2013 Fair Queen, Madeline Hora, crowned her sister, Kaitlin Hora, Sunday night at the end of the Fair Queen Pageant. Both are daughters of Brian and Theresa Hora of Ainsworth. It was a stunning moment when the sisters realized who had won.
The first runner-up was Maggie Baker of Brighton, daughter of Rich and Deidra Baker. The second runner-up was Callie Greiner of Keota, daughter of Eric and Paula Greiner. Breana Stout of Washington, daughter of Gary and Jana Stout, was voted Miss Congeniality by the candidates.
The pageant coordinators are Heather Marek and Andrea Domsic. Their assistant was Chelsea Marsengill. Aly Olson, who was crowned Miss Iowa a month ago, was the master of ceremonies. The judges were 2013 Iowa State Fair Queen Kelsey Smith; her mother, Debbie Smith; Eric Rossow; and Kristi Finger.
The queen candidates competed in front of a full house at the Washington Community Center. While wearing casual wear, the candidates introduced themselves to the audience. They came back on stage in Sunday clothes and answered a question they selected from a basket. They were escorted during Sunday Clothes and Formal Attire by family members, mostly fathers, except for Chelsea Bowlin, who chose her older sister to escort her. In their formal attire, the girls answered another question, drawn from a basket.
They had time to change while 4-H’ers who participated in the 4-H Style Review, modeled their entries. During a second break, Washington County 4-H/Youth Coordinator Amy Green presented the senior 4-H members who graduated from their high schools this spring.
Queen Madeline Hora had the opportunity to speak to the audience about her year as fair queen, and she thanked all who helped and encouraged her as both a fair queen and a 4-H’er.
Olson, whose talent for the Miss Iowa Pageant was vocal performance, sang two songs for the audience. When the judges weren’t done yet, she also told a couple of jokes. She also asked the members of the audience to stand if they had been going to the Washington County Fair for 10 years, 20 years, 30 years, etc. The final audience member standing was Marie Hora, who turned 99 years old on July 10. Olson led the singing of “Happy Birthday.” Marie is Madeline and Kaitlin’s great-grandmother.
Jarrod Horning, president of the Washington County Fair Board, took a turn at the podium. He welcomed everyone to the fair, and he drew the audience’s attention to the improvements made to the fairgrounds in the past year.
All the while, the audience was eager to know the results of the pageant. Of course, the finale was the presentation of the winners.