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2019 Tama County Fair Queen Katelyn Kucera will host the upcoming 2021 Tama County Fair Queen’s Coronation on Tuesday, July 13.
The Fair Queen’s program will take place around 7 p.m. in the show ring at the Tama County Fairgrounds in Gladbrook.
This year, four contestants, including Ellie Behrens, Frances Jackson, Rachel Silhanek and Hope Werner, applied and will be judged on July 11 at Spanky’s Restaurant in Gladbrook. The judging event is hosted by the Wolfcreek Whirlwinds 4-H Club.
Competitors will be judged in three equal categories. The first category is leadership, citizenship and contributions to the community. The second category is personality and consciousness, and the third category is poise and beauty.
The Queen and Princess of the Tama County Fair will be chosen by impartial judges, the results sealed and announced at the coronation on Tuesday, July 13.
Fair Queen Candidate: Rachel Silhanek
Rachel Silhanek, 17, daughter of Roy and Sarah Silhane of Tama and senior in South Tama.
In high school, Rachel is involved in the STC Technicians dance team, color guard, track and tennis. She is also a member of South Tama FFA as treasurer and secretary.
In her community, Rachel has been a member of the Young Guns 4-H club for nine years and serves as a ward and helps with their annual fall dinner and festival. She has been dancing for 15 years through Jeralyn’s Dance and now Spotlight Studios. She also enjoys volunteering her time to play “Taps” with the Tama American Legion.
During the summer Rachel works through Pioneer to land the acorns and works at the state fair as a cattle checker. In her spare time, she enjoys running around the farm, working with her goats and riding horses.
Rachel’s future plans are to go to Iowa Stat University this fall and study agronomy.
I hope Werner
Hope Werner, 18, is the daughter of Eric and Michele Werner from the Toledo countryside. Hope just graduated from South Tama County High School as a major in her class.
Hope has been involved with the Student Council, Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honor Society, National Honor Society, Basketball and Football Cheer, and Tennis.
In her community, Hope has been participating in 4-H Clover Kids since kindergarten. She then joined the Toledo Techs 4-H club. Since joining, she has held the positions of Secretary and President. Hope also participated in the Tama County Intermediate Council and is currently a member of the Tama County Council. Hope is a member of the Catholic Church and the St. Patrick’s Youth Group.
In her spare time, Hope enjoys playing the piano and singing. Hope also enjoys working with children. She helps teach tennis to students in grades 1-8 as part of the STC Rec. Hope also works for Murph’s Creamery and Grill as a cook and cashier.
Hope plans to attend Iowa State University and study accounting and business in the fall.
Ellie Behrens, 18, is the daughter of Chris and Andrea Bherens. She lives in Clutier and graduated in 2021 from Union High School.
While in high school, Ellie participated in various activities. To name a few: volleyball, large group speeches, student council and musicals. She was co-captain of her tennis team in her final year. She is also an active member of her church and enjoys being involved in it.
In her community, Ellie is the current president of the Clutier Cowboys and Cowgirls 4-H Club. She was previously secretary, treasurer and vice-president. She has been a member of 4-H for nine years. Ellie also took piano lessons and plays in her church when needed.
Plus, Ellie has been untangled and roughed up during the summer and is working at Bobby’s, Dysart’s local grocery store this summer.
Her future plans are to attend the University of Iowa with an undecided major. She is interested in the medical field or in education.
Frances Jackson, 17, is the daughter of Matt and Ann Jackson from rural Garwin. She just finished her last year of high school at GMG. While in high school, Frances was active in cheerleaders, band, National Honor Society, FFA, Spanish Club, speech, and student council. In her final year of high school, she was president of the GMG FFA chapter and of the Spanish club GMG.
Frances is also very active in her community. She is currently the Tama County Beef Queen and President of the Garwin Roughriders 4-H Club in addition to serving on the Tama County Council. She is also a member of the Chapel Church Youth Fellowship Group and traveled to Belize with her church mission team.
Frances is employed by Earl May in Marshalltown and loves to help out on his family farm.
Frances plans to continue her education at Iowa State this fall. She has been accepted into the first-year honors program and plans to double the major in accounting and agricultural business.