Fair Queen and Princess Contest

The Winneshiek County Fair selects an outstanding young woman each year to represent the county in the Iowa State Fair Queen Pageant.

Judging will be based on the following: personality, attitude, appearance and awareness, leadership and citizenship, contribution to community, overall appearance, charm, and poise.

The Winneshiek County Fair Queen will be the guest of the Iowa State Fair August 9-19, 2018.

If you have questions about the Fair Queen, contact JoEllen Foels by email or call her at (563)-382-1148.

Please print and fill out the following forms:

Sponsors of the 2018 Fair Queen Contest are to be announced.

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2017 Queen Candidates

(Left to right): Haily Nierling, Emily Luzum, Jenna Schmitt, Kandace Engelhardt, Danae Taylor, Kaylee Knight, Amy Schmitt, Marrisa Foels, Gracie Schmitt, Hannah Schmitt and Ashley Schwartzhoff

Queen & Princess 2017


Congratulations to 2017 Winneshiek County Fair Queen Gracie Schmitt (left) and Princess Marissa Foels (right)



Queen Hanna Schmitt (left), the 16-year-old daughter of Greg and Sara Schmitt of Waucoma. The 2016 Princess is Ashley Schwartzhoff, the 18-year-old daughter of Mike and Michelle Schwartzhoff of Decorah.

Schmitt was selected from a field of nine Queen candidates. She is a 16-year-old South Winn High School student who has been active in FFA, serving as reporter for her chapter. She shows sheep at the Fair and is involved in SODA, softball, basketball, volleyball, student government and FFA at South Winn. Gracie is the daughter of Tammy and Darrell Schmitt.

Marissa Foels was named 2017 Winneshiek county Fair Princess. She is the 18-year-old daughter of Loren and JoEllen Foels of rural Postville. She has been active in speech, music, academics and Honor Society at Decorah HS, in addition to her involvement in 4-H.



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Princess Nicole Schmitt and Queen Ashley Kurash


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Princess Ashley Kurash and Queen Lydia Dawley

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Queen Emily Smith and Princess Mariah Schmitt

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Laura Francois


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Miranda Schnitzler
Sarah Hammel Fair Princess (not shown)



Queen Clara Bergan and Princess Annelise Keune (no photo available)


Queen Hannah Ranum (no photo available)

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Kia Knutson


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Winneshiek County Fair
Mailing Address:
Winneshiek County Ag Assoc.
PO Box 201 Decorah, IA 52101
Delivery Address: 900 E Main St, Decorah, IA 52101
Fairgrounds Phone: 563-382-8514 (during the fair only)

Business Manager: Edna Schrandt 563-382-2019

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