It will soon be "State Fair Time" and visitors to the Iowa State Fair will see a beautiful group of accomplished young women competing for a title of 2009 Iowa State Fair Queen. One of four young ladies from Tama County will be among them. Lillian Howard, Rose Koester, Nora Seda and ShayLynn Williams will be competing at the Tama County Fair in the hope of representing our county at the State Fair competition. The crowning ceremony will take place in the show ring at the fair grounds in Gladbrook at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 23.
2008 Queen Kelsey Upah, daughter of Duane and Gail Upah of Clutier, helped the candidates prepare for the competition at a workshop held in Toledo in June. Kelsey shared her experiences at the Iowa State Fair competition last year and prepared the group for interviews and group discussions which will be a a part of the judging. The girls all had their photos taken prior to the work shop by Deb Wacha at Wacha Photography. the girls also got to practice makeup and skincare in a presentation by Anne Dengler.
Judging will take place on Sunday, July 19 at the Methodist Church in Gladbrook. Judging is based upon 1/3 leadership, citizenship and contributions to the community, 1/3 on personality and current events awareness and 1/3 on poise. Each candidate will participate in a 15 minute group discussion and in a 10 minute private interview with three judges.
Lillian is the 16 year old daughter of Michael and Juliet Howard of rural Clutier. She recently completed her sophomore year at North Tama High School in Traer.
During Lillian’s two years of high school she has participated in: volleyball, basketball, softball, chorus, band and AAU volleyball. She is also is a member of the North Tama Academic Decathlon team and the National Honor Society. Lillian has been elected junior class treasurer for the 2009-2010 school year and participates in the Talented and Gifted program at North Tama.
Lillian is also an active member of her community. She attends 4-H and BASIC (Brothers and Sisters In Christ) meetings regularly and helps with community projects in both. These include: Helping Hands Day, serving meals, Clutier Easter Egg Hunt, donating to local charities and the Adopt a Highway Program.
To occupy her free time, Lillian volunteers in her community, babysits and loves to take care of her animals.
In the future, Lillian plans to attend Iowa State University. Her chosen majors are veterinary science and molecular biology. She also hopes to minor in genetics.
A Gladbrook 4-H Club and the Fair Queen Committee will team up to serve a light luncheon at 3 p.m. after which the girls will each give a short prepared speech. The judges will then retire to make their decision, placing their choice in a sealed envelope which will be opened at the crowning ceremony at the Tama County Fair. Anyone who would like to attend the luncheon and speeches should RSVP to Anne Dengler by July 15 at 319-479-2504.
Flowers and various gifts will be awarded to each of the contestants. The new queen will receive a $250 scholarship and an all-expenses paid trip to Des Moines where she will compete against other county queen contestants for the honor of being crowned the Iowa State Fair Queen for 2009.
Meet the 2009 Tama County Fair Queen Contestants: See the candidates bios on page 8