2018 Fair Queen and Princess crowned

2018 Hancock County Princess Ella Keiper and Rachael Hanson

Rebecca Peter | The Leader

BRITT – Rachael Hanson of Garner will represent Hancock County at the 2018 Iowa State Fair Queen Pageant in August. Hanson, 17, was crowned Hancock County Fair Queen on Tuesday, July 25.

The evening also included the crowning of the Little Miss Hancock County Fair Princess Ella Keiper of Britt.

Fair queen contestants were asked to give a two-minute talk on the topic, “If you could do anything in the world, what would you do and why?”

Hanson said she would like to find a cure for cancer. She has been a volunteer for the Hancock County Relay for Life for several years. The relay is the annual fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society.

“Cancer does not discriminate,” she said during her speech.

“Our family’s been through the cancer journey. It’s really important to me,” she said in an interview afterward.

The daughter of Kris and Joan Hanson, Rachael will be a senior at Garner-Hayfield-Ventura. Her high school activities include archery, color guard, FFA, speech and theatre.

Plans after graduating from high school include attending Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta and transferring to University of Northern Iowa to pursue studies in child psychology.

2018 Fair Princess

Ten girls participated in the Little Miss Hancock County Fair Princess event. The pageant was open to girls who completed 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade during the 2017-18 school year, and reside in Hancock County.

The 2018 Fair Princess Ella Keiper, 6, is the daughter of Jason and Sarah Keiper of Britt. Ella will be a 1st grader at West Hancock Elementary where her favorite subject is math.

Princess Ella participated in the bucket/bottle calf and goat event at the 2018 fair. She also assisted Queen Rachael Hanson with handing out ribbons at some events. Ella wants to be a “pet rescuer” when she grows up.

Read the complete story in the Aug. 1 Leader