Hora to reign as fair queen
The stage lights bounced off the dazzling evening gowns of the eleven women who competed Sunday evening, July 14, for the 2013 Washington County Fair Queen title, at the Washington Community Theater. Black sashes, colorful bouquets of flowers and gleaming trophies awaited the announcement of the winners.
Madeline Hora, daughter of Brian and Theresa Hora, was crowned Washington County Queen. The first runner-up was Shari Temple, daughter of Warren and Sheila Temple. The second runner-up was Bridget Nebel, daughter of Jim and Mary Nebel. Winning the Miss Congeniality title was Chelsea Bowlin, daughter of Mike and Kim Bowlin.
Competition began earlier in the day. The judges interviewed the candidates individually, watched them as a group and enjoyed the evening dinner with them prior to the contest. During the pageant, the women competed in Casual Wear, Sunday Clothes and Formal Wear. They also introduced themselves and their escorts and answered questions drawn from a basket.
This was the 20th annual pageant. Heather Marek and Andrea Domsic were the coordinators. They were assisted by Makenzi Marek and Chelsea Marsengill.
The 2012 Washington County Fair Queen Lexi Marek took part in the pageant. She crowned her successor at the end of the pageant.
Hora will compete for the Iowa State Fair Queen 2013 in August.
Nicole Kelly, Miss Iowa, was the master of ceremonies. She will vie for the Miss America title in September.
The judges were 2012 Iowa State Fair Queen Abrah Meyer, 2012 Iowa State Fair Miss Congeniality Laura Francois, Jeantee Keppy and Joan Martz.
Justin Horesowsky entertained the audience while the judges made their decision. He played the guitar and sang.
The pageant included the 4-H Clothing Event, bidding farewell to this year’s graduating 4-H and FFA members and a welcome to the fair by Jerome Vittetoe, fair board president.