Jade Oberhelman crowned 2017 Fair Queen

2017 Hancock County Fair Princess Jaelyn Anderson (left) and Queen Jade Oberhelman (right) were crowned Wednesday, July 26. The 2016 Iowa State Fair Queen, Amanda Rinike of Buchanan County, was a special guest at this year's Hancock County Queen and Princess Pageants.

Rebecca Peter | The Leader

BRITT – A young lady from Kanawha will represent Hancock County at the Iowa State Fair Queen Pageant this month. Jade Oberhelman was crowned the 2017 Hancock County District Fair Queen on Wednesday, July 26. The evening included the crowning of the 2017 Hancock County Fair Princess, Jaelyn Anderson.

Queen Jade Oberhelman

The daughter of Dan and Joann Oberhelman, Jade is a student at West Hancock High School.

She is a member of the Britt Broncos 4-H Club and the West Hancock FFA. Jade exhibited poultry, rabbits and several science, mechanics, and art (SMA) projects.

Jade’s activities at West Hancock include volleyball, track, drama, speech, yearbook, art and band.

She would like a career that involves working with animals and being outdoors.

Princess Jaelyn Anderson

Jaelyn Anderson is the daughter of Grant and Brenda Anderson of Garner. The 2017 princess will be a 4th grader at Garner-Hayfield-Ventura Elementary. Her favorite activity at school is the TAG program where she enjoys learning games.

Princess Jaelyn assisted Queen Jade with the duty of handing out ribbons and awards at the fair. She looks forward to joining 4-H someday.

State Fair Queen

A special guest at the 2017 Fair Queen and Princess Pageant was 2016 State Fair Queen Amanda Riniker of Winthrop in Buchanan County. Riniker is a junior at Wartburg College where she is majoring in neuroscience. After college, she plans to go to graduate school and pursue a career as an occupational therapist.

The Iowa State Fair Queen Pageant is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, according to Riniker.

“You have the chance to meet so many different girls in one week,” she said. “The interviews are a chance to improve your professionalism and interview skills.”

Read the complete story in the Aug. 2 edition of the Leader.