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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 16, 2018

Marek named 2017 fair queen

By Xiomara Levsen | Jul 17, 2017
These are the 2017 Washington County Fair Queen contestants. Makenzi Marek was named queen, Payton Hart was first runner up, Amanda Pfeifer was second runner up and Kylee Porter was named Miss Congeniality.


The 2017 Washington County Fair Queen is Makenzi Marek.

She competed against six other young women at the Fair Queen competition Sunday evening held at the Washington Community Theater.

Marek is the daughter of Tim and Heather Marek of Riverside. She is a recent graduate of Washington High School and will attend Iowa State University this fall.

Miss Congeniality went to Kylee Porter, daughter of Steve and Tammy Porter.

Amanda Pfeifer, daughter of Lee and Wanda Pfeifer, was named the Second Runner-Up.

Payton Hart, daughter of Larry and Colleen Hart, was named the First Runner-Up.

The judges of the contest included: the 2016 Iowa State Fair Queen Amanda Riniker, her father Bruce Riniker, and Teri Hutcheson.

Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw was emcee and the talent for the competition. She was a contestant in the 2017 Miss Iowa pageant and 2017 Miss Wild Rose. She played two contemporary pieces on her violin for the audience while the contestants were getting ready for the formal-wear part of the competition and while the judges were tallying up the scores at the end.

The contestants first took the stage in their casual-wear outfits. They introduced themselves to the audience and told them how long they were involved in 4-H and what their favorite memory of the fair was.

During the Sunday Best and Formal Wear part of the competition the contestants chose a person of their choice to escort them. All of the contestants this year chose their father’s to do so and thanked them for their support.

At intermission, Amy Green 4-H, and Youth Coordinator, had all of the 4-H seniors introduce themselves to the audience. There are 21 seniors this year. The ones who were present told the audience their favorite memory and where they would be attending school this fall.

Washington County Fair Board Dean Sieren also spoke while the judges were tallying the votes. Sieren welcomed everyone to the 2017 fair and said Washington County has the sixth-largest enrollment in the state for 4-H.

He thanked the volunteers for working to get the fair off the ground. Sieren also spoke about the different exhibits and activities happening this week including the rodeo Tuesday evening and the new carnival.

Before Marek was announced as this year’s fair queen, 2016 Washington County Fair Queen Anna Pence, daughter of Scott and Kelly Pence of Ainsworth, took to the stage one last time. She told the audience she never imagined herself becoming fair queen growing up.

In fact, when she told her parents she wanted to run for fair queen they nearly fell over in shock because she was a shy home-schooled girl.

Pence said her favorite memory from the fair was competing in the horse and pony shows.

The night ended with Pence crowning Marek as the new queen.

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