Abrah Meyer, 17, of Bremer County was crowned the 2012 Iowa State Fair Queen by Gary McConnell, president of the Fair Board. The ceremony took place on Saturday evening at the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi.
The daughter of Brian and Brenda Meyer of Readlyn, Abrah was chosen out of the 102 contestants who participated in this year's competition. All had been crowned queen of their respective county fairs prior to the State Fair.
Lexi Marek, 17, of Washington County was named first runner-up. She is the daughter of Tim and Heather Marek of Riverside. Second runner-up was Megan Wessels, 17, of Delaware County, the daughter of Gary and Lori Wessels of Dyersville. Samantha Lippens, 19, of Jackson County was named third runner-up. She is the daughter of Doug and Heidi Lippens of Miles.
Emily Lyn Klootwyk, of Marion County, was given the Outstanding Leadership Award. The 18 year-old is the daughter of Brian and Kelly Klootwyk of Knoxville. Laura Francois, 18, of Winneshiek County, was given the Personality Plus Award. She is the daughter of Nick and June Francois of Decorah.
Queen Abrah, who will reign for the next year, receives a $2,800 scholarship from the Iowa State Fair in addition to her crown, sash and trophy. She also receives a floral bouquet from Boesen the Florist, a $600 gift card to Jordan Creek Mall, a Tiffany Co. necklace and a personalized Iowa State Fair brick placed at the Anne and Bill Riley Stage from the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation.
The first runner-up earns a $1,300 scholarship and $300 gift card to Jordan Creek Mall; the second runner-up wins $700 in scholarship money and a $250 Jordan Creek Mall gift card; and the third runner-up receives a $500 scholarship and $200 gift card to Jordan Creek Mall. The Outstanding Leadership recipient wins an $800 Scholarship and a $250 Jordan Creek Mall gift card. The Personality Plus winner receives a $500 scholarship and a $200 gift card to Jordan Creek Mall. All members of the Royal Court receive a plaque from the State Fair and a floral bouquet from Boesen the Florist. An anonymous donor graciously provided the Jordan Creek gift cards for those who placed and the Tiffany Co. necklace for the queen.
Judging is based on personality, attitude, awareness, leadership, citizenship, contribution to community, overall appearance, charm and poise.