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Sadie Cahalan is State Fair bound as 2017 Tama County Fair Queen

August 13, 2017
Reinbeck Courier

The Crowning of the 2017 Tama County Fair Queen took place on Thursday evening, July 20, at the Tama County 4-H Fairgrounds in Gladbrook.

Mistresses of Ceremonies for the evening were 2016 Tama County Fair Queen, Madeline Mussig, and 2015 Tama County Fair Queen, Aubree Beenken.

Candidates for the 2017 competition were Sadie Cahalan, daughter of Robert and Kisha Cahalan, Gladbrook; Laney Princehouse, daughter of Chad and Angie Princehouse, Toledo and Haley Shope, daughter of Tod and Stacey Zeman and the late Mike Shope of Toledo.

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The girls began the process with applications due June 1st. A workshop was held later in June at the State Bank of Toledo Community Room in Toledo to prepare the girls for judging. Convertibles provided by the Shriners carried the girls in the Corn Carnival parade.

Judging took place on July 16 at Chapel Church in rural Gladbrook. Judges were Connie Mogard of Marshalltown; Shari Sell-Bakker of Dike and Keely Harken from Grundy Center. The girls took part in a group discussion led by 2016 Tama County Fair Queen, Madeline Mussig, daughter of Chad and Karen Mussig of Gladbrook. They were also interviewed individually. After a short break, a wonderful luncheon was served by the Garwin Roughriders 4-H Club.

Following the luncheon, the girls gave a 3-5 minute speech that they prepared from a list of choices provided by the committee. The girls and their guests were excused and the judges retired to make their decision. Their choices for queen and princess were sealed in envelopes that were opened at the crowning ceremony.

2015 queen, Aubree Beenken, daughter of Marc and Angie Beenken of Buckingham, welcomed the crowd of spectators and thanked those who made the evening possible. Sponsors included Tama County Fair Board, State Bank of Toledo, Angie Princehouse, Tama Florist, Ultimate Image, Shopko Hometown, Fareway of Toledo, Farmers Savings Bank & Trust-Traer, Great Western Bank, Casey's-Gladbrook, Czech Point Restaurant, Gladbrook Theater, Matchstick Marvels, Old Mill Road, Spanky's Restaurant & Catering, Garwin Insurance Agency, Goos Implement, Staker Furniture, UnityPoint Health, Hometown Foods, Garwin Roughriders 4-H Club, Chapel Church of rural Gladbrook and Peace Church.

Queen Madeline Mussig, then joined Aubree at the podium. Convertibles were provided by Grant Strohbehn, Brett Miller, Doug Gethmann and Darbie Lynch. They introduced the candidates one by one with their escorts. Escorts were Jake Hlas, John Edler, Josh Thiessen, Thomas Mussig, Carter Pokorny and Lane Koch.

The escorts provided a short beauty contest of their own, complete with a talent contest that entertained the crowd after each candidate presented her speech.

Then came the moment the crowd had been awaiting, crowning the 2017 Tama County Fair Queen. The sealed envelopes were then opened revealing the judges results.

Amid cheers from the crowd, the envelope was opened revealing Sadie Cahalan had been chosen to serve as the 2017 Tama County Fair Queen. Sadie was presented the crown, sash, gift bag and her bouquet of roses.

Haley Shope was crowned Princess and was presented a sash, tiara and gift bag.

Watch for Sadie at the State Fair beginning August 9th. The crowning will take place Saturday, August 12th at 7:00 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage.



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