The crowning of the Winneshiek County Fair Queen takes place Tuesday, July 9, at 3:45 p.m. in the grandstand at the Winneshiek County Fairgrounds.
This year's contestants include Cassidy Buddenberg, Brianna Carolan, Randi Jo Carolan, Kayleigh Hauber, Brittany Nelson, Becca Lensing, Mariah Schmitt and Emily Smith.
Cassidy Ann Buddenberg is the 18-year-old daughter of Bruce and Julie Buddenberg of Decorah.
She graduated from South Winn in May.
Buddenberg plans to attend Iowa State University in the fall.
While in high school, Buddenberg played volleyball, ran track and was secretary of her FFA chapter. Buddenberg was also a letter winner in the color guard. She has been president of the District 1 Holstein Jrs and an active member of the Co-Champions 4-H club.
Through her dairy activities, she shows dairy cattle, is the 2013 District 1 Distinguished Jr. member, and was the alternate Winneshiek County Dairy Princess. As an active member of the South Winn Dairy Judging Team that placed third at nationals in Madison, Wis. last summer, she was able to travel to Scotland this summer to compete.
Brianna Lee Carolan is the 18-year-old daughter of Brian and Shelly Carolan, and Susan Carolan.
B. Carolan graduated from Decorah High School in May. She was in the band, liberal arts, tennis, a captain of the color guard and was a cheerleader for football and basketball. She lettered in tennis and in liberal arts and was in the variety show. She also received many awards for band.
B. Carolan has been a member of the Hesper Helpers 4-H Club for nine years. In 4-H she has been a camp counselor, and was on the Junior and Senior 4-H council. In her club, she has been vice-president and president. She has helped with the dog show and showed for many years at the fair.
B. Carolan loves being a nanny, working at Silvercrest and hanging with friends. She volunteers by doing the Green Lea Manor birthday bulletin board.
Randi Jo Carolan
Randi Jo Carolan is the 17-year-old daughter of Jarod and Wendy Carolan of Decorah.
R. Carolan will be a senior at Decorah High School this fall.
In high school, she has participated in volleyball, softball and FFA. She has been the chapter secretary for the past year and will be for the next school year. She participated in dairy judging, parliamentary procedure and conduct of meetings. She is a member of the Burr Oak Blazing Builders, 4-H Club. R. Carolan has shown livestock at the Winneshiek County Fair through 4-H and FFA for the past seven years. R. Carolan was on the state-qualifying conduct of meetings team. She has won the collegiate sheep showmanship at the Winneshiek County Fair and best Dairy Production Placement Proficiency in her chapter for the past two years.
Kayleigh Mae Hauber is the 17-year-old daughter of Kevin and Jamie Hauber of Ridgeway.
She will be a senior this fall at Crestwood High School and also takes courses at NICC.
In high school, Hauber has been on the honor roll and high honor roll. She has received all of the silver cord honors.
Hauber has received a certificate of excellence in academic achievement. In school, Hauber is a letter winner in softball. In FFA, she received her Chapter Degree and Iowa Degree, she is vice president and is very involved in its activities.
Hauber has been a member of the Ridgeway Lincoln Leaders 4-H Club. In the club, she has held many offices and is currently the president. She also serves on the Senior County Council.
Hauber is the seventh grade CCD teacher at Tri-City parishes in Canton, Minn.
She enjoys riding horses, hunting with family and friends, working with her cattle, helping on the farm and showing cattle at fairs.
Brittany Ann Nelson is the 18-year-old daughter of Mark and Cathy Nelson of Decorah.
She graduated from Decorah High School in May. She plans to attend Northeast Iowa Community College in the fall, studying dairy science. She is a member of the Washington Prairie Peppers 4-H Club and the Decorah FFA. She has earned many awards through 4-H and FFA like the Iowa FFA degree, I Dare You Leadership Award and Senior Volunteer Award, to name just a few.
Nelson likes to show sheep and Guernsey cows at the fair and chickens at the State Fair. She enjoys volunteering throughout the community and helping people who are in need. Her hobbies include working on her grandpa and uncle's farm and hanging out with friends.
Becca Lensing is the 18-year-old daughter of Marty and Lisa Lensing of Decorah. She graduated from South Winneshiek High School in May and plans on attending Cornell College in Mt. Vernon.
She was the valedictorian of her graduation class. During high school, she has been very active in speech, involved in both group and individual contests. She has had many No. 1 ratings at the state level, including All-State honors.
Lensing had roles in five of the high school musical and plays and student-directed two others. She was awarded the New Minowa Players Scholarship to continue her interest in the fine arts this fall. She is a nine-year member of the Calmar Creators 4-H Club.
She also served as marching band color guard captain, football manager, drama club secretary and historian, Students Opposing Drugs & Alcohol secretary, South Winneshiek Advisory Committee student representative and a Hugh O'Brian Youth Student Ambassador.
Lensing was in the National Honor Society and a member of the Gifted and Talented program. She received the Governor's Scholar award, the Des Moines Register's Academic All-State Award, the Herff Jones Principal's Award, the Iowa State Bar Association's American Citizenship Award and the President's Volunteer Service Award.
She has been involved in golf, Iowa National History Day and the Winneshiek County dog show. Lensing is an active member of her church and volunteers at the Calmar Food Pantry. She is employed by S & E's Sno Cream in Calmar. She enjoys going to movies, listening to music and scrapbooking.
Mariah Kay Schmitt is the 18-year-old daughter of Carl and Terry Schmitt of Fort Atkinson.
She graduated from Turkey Valley Community School in May and will be attending Iowa State University in the fall, majoring in public service administration in agriculture and dairy science. Schmitt has had extensive training and involvement in music. In the band Schmitt played flute being a letter winner, First Class Musician andreceived many Division 1 ratings. Schmitt also plays piano and organ which she plays at her church. In 4-H she has done working exhibits, educational presentations, and extemporaneous speaking, where she has won many awards, including at the Iowa State Fair. In 4-H Schmitt has held many offices as well as on County Councils. At the fair, she has exhibited livestock as well as many other projects. In these projects she has won many awards locally and at state. Schmitt is also active with dairy judging. Last summer she was on the Champion 4-H team, which allowed her to judge at the World Dairy Expo. Schmitt is a FFA member.
She helped get a chapter started at Turkey Valley and was the first from Turkey Valley to win the Greenhand, Chapter and Iowa FFA Degree.
She has also won many awards dairy judging through FFA and attended the competition this summer in Scotland. In school she also was active in volleyball, basketball and softball, honor roll and an academic letter winner. Schmitt worked with fifth graders through the Boomerang program. Schmitt is active in her church and community and knows the importance of volunteering.
Emily J'Ann Smith is the 17-year-old daughter of Eric and Dainna Smith of Decorah.
Smith will be a senior at Decorah High School this fall.
She is active in FFA and is currently the Chapter Sentinel. She participates and has won awards in contests such as best record book, Star Greenhand, Chapter Degree and scholastic pin.
She received a gold at state in parliamentary procedure. She also received awards in chapter display, agriculture issues and job interview. She is a varsity football cheerleader and a varsity wrestling manager.
Smith is in National Honor Society, where she volunteers to run activities in the community. She volunteered to be a mentor-for-a-day, tutor high school students and many other projects. She is a member of the Burr Oak Blazing Builders 4-H Club where she has had many offices. She is also a member of Winneshiek Senior County Council, Burr Oak Lutheran Church, American Junior Shorthorn Association and the Iowa Junior Shorthorn Association.
She has volunteered to put rabbit cages together for the fair, do monthly activities at Stoney Brook Assisted Living, clean up ditches, work the annual meatball supper, assist elderly with house cleaning and gardening and work in various booths at the fair. She enjoys raising and showing club calves. She also enjoys boating, tubing and skiing on the Mississippi, and hanging out with family and friends. She also works at Wellington Place as a Certified Nurse Aide.