GRUNDY CENTER - Three local young ladies will vie for the crown of Grundy County Fair Queen next Wednesday as the Fair begins its five-day run at the Grundy County Fairgrounds.
This year's event will be part of Family Fun Night, which begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the grandstand. The queen will present ribbons during the final four days of the Fair and will represent the Fair at community events through the following year. She will also represent Grundy County at the Iowa State Fair Queen Contest.
This year's queen contestants are Megan Andersen of rural Cedar Falls, Madison Deters of Wellsburg and Abby Klug of rural Cedar Falls.
Anderson, 18, is a recent Dike-New Hartford High School graduate and the daughter of Eric and Darla Anderson.
"I would best represent Grundy County because I am a positive role model who loves her community, kids and county," she said in an essay for the Fair Queen Selection Committee. "Growing up in Grundy County, I spent my time on my family farm, experiencing that life. I spent every summer at the Grundy County Fair and playing outside.
"I am someone who has lived in Grundy County all of my life," she wrote. "Growing up I realized how much I really do love it here."
"As the next Grundy County Fair Queen, it would be an honor to represent the Grundy County Fair and Grundy County as a whole."
She is a former president of the Lincoln Junior Farmers 4-H Club and served on County Council for three years. She won the 4-H/County Council Citizenship Award and has attended Girls' State. She plans to attend Iowa State University next fall with a major in agriculture.
"When I receive my degree in agriculture my goal is to make an impact," she wrote. "As a woman pursuing a degree in agriculture, I realize the importance of having more females join this largely male-dominated career field. I want to work to gain more interest for females in agriculture and to build the future."
Deters, 17, will be a senior at AGWSR High School this fall. She is the daughter of Angela Deters and Mitch Deters.
"I would best represent Grundy County because of my leadership skills that I not only show in the classroom, but also in my community and on the sports field," she wrote. "In the classroom I am eager to take lead on projects as well as help those who are in need. Being the youngest of six, it can be difficult to try and stand out. For me my calling came in school and my extracurricular activities, where I am constantly striving to be my best I can.
"I would be very honored to represent the great county I was raised in becaus e I have seen the many things these communities have done to help each other out in times of need."
Deters is active in sports, FFA and fine arts at AGWSR and is an A-honor roll student. She is currently training to become a Hospice volunteer. She hopes to graduate in the top 10 percent of her class and be accepted to the college of her choice.
"Five years from now I hope to be working in some field of psychology and finishing my degree," she wrote.
Klug, 17, will be a senior at Dike-New Hartford High School this fall. Sh e is the daughter of Randy and Frances Klug.
"I would be a great candidate for Grundy County Fair Queen because I would represent Grundy County and the state of Iowa in the best and most accurate way possible," she wrote. "While I live in the country, I am not active in many agricultural-based activities like 4-H or FFA. However, if I am chosen as fair queen I would like to highlight Iowa's other strengths, such as education, along with agriculture. I would also represent Grundy County with my outgoing and bubbly personality."
Klug is active in sports, cheerleading and fine arts and will be Dike-New Hartford's student body president this year after serving three years as president of her class. She has been an all-state individual and group participant and a member of D-NH's past three state volleyball championship teams. She hopes to graduate from high school with high academic honors and pursue a career as a college professor. She would also like to spend a summer at one of the Disney parks and become a Disney Princess face character.
"After college, I plan to travel as much as I can, and then come back to Iowa to teach and obtain my PhD.," she said.