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Four pursue Fair Queen title

Candidates speak of communication, respect, and persistence in essays

July 7, 2019
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Four Emmet County young women are vying to become the 2019 Emmet County Fair Queen: Ruth I. Marth, Ryanna Paulson, Elizabeth Reardon, and Alexa Springer. The Emmet County Fair Queen and Princess will be announced Thursday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ingham Lake building on the Emmet County Fairgrounds.

Ruth I. Marth, daughter of Thomas and Bobbie Sue Marth, is a rising senior, homeschooled and dual-enrolled at Estherville Lincoln Central High School for band and choir. Marth is the youngest of four siblings and said she was taught the values of hard work and honesty from her parents, siblings and grandparents. Marth was born in Michigan and has lived in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and Cody, Wyoming.

Marth said her career goal is to attend Iowa Lakes Community College for an Associate of Science, then transfer to a four-year university to pursue either a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy or a Nursing degree with a specialization in pediatrics, ultimately to become a medical missionary.

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"Being heavily involved in volunteer work through 4-H and church has shown me how important it is to help others. This s why I am highly passionate about becoming a medical missionary, especially to third-world countries, to spread the Word of God and help them in a very real way," Marth wrote.

"Respectful, well-spoken, responsible, humble, persevering, hardworking, helpful and caring are the values I aspire to put forth if chosen the Emmet County Fair Queen," Marth wrote.

Ryanna Paulson, daughter of Ryan (Shorty) and Cami Paulson, is a rising senior at North Union High School who has lived in Armstrong her whole life. She is a CNA at Valley Vue Nursing Home and considers the elderly she serves at the nursing home and in home health care like her second grandparents.

Paulson set out three characteristics she considers important in the next fair queen:

"The right candidate needs to be able to communicate with anyone, no matter the situation. I believe they also need to have a positive outlook on life even when the going gets tough. Having pride in your community is important; even though not everyone has the funds, everyone has the time to lend a helping hand when asked. I hope these characteristics are thought about when choosing the next fair queen," Paulson wrote.

Communicating with people in different situation is something Paulson said has been a learning experience. "Being able to talk to others is one of the hardest things for the younger generation to do. I believe that if I get the chance to be the Emmet County Fair Queen, I can be a prime example for kids to talk to others," Paulson wrote.

Elizabeth Reardon, daughter of Pat and Barb Reardon, is a rising senior at Estherville Lincoln Central High School. Reardon's future plans involve attending a four-year university and majoring in biomedical engineering.

Reardon joined 4-H when she was in the fourth grade.

"Throughout my time in 4-H, I have been able to learn many different skills such as communication, leadership, and citizenship," Reardon wrote.

Reardon hopes to continue to serve as a role model as Emmet County Fair Queen.

"4-H has allowed me to become a role model for many young kids through my club, workshops, camps, and just being around the fair. The feeling of being a role model to the younger kids is an amazing feeling and helps me to strive continuously to be a good role model. By being the Emmet County Fair Queen, I would be allowed to be a role model on a much bigger scale. Overall, I think that 4-H is an amazing program, and I am so thankful for all the skills that I have been able to learn from it," Reardon wrote.

Alexa Springer, daughter of Mike and Deb Springer, is a rising junior at Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire High School. Springer hopes to obtain a BSN degree and eventually work as a pediatric nurse, trauma nurse, or as an equine therapy nurse with disabled individuals.

Springer wrote that the fair brought her out of her comfort zone to meet new people.

"I'm not from Estherville, so my first year of fair I didn't know many people other than my club members. Over the years I have made so many new friendships that probably never would have been made if it wasn't for fair. Whether it was the people I was showing against, parents, staff, or just people walking through, I always meet someone new or make a new friend every year," Springer wrote.

Springer said preparing for fair has helped her to not procrastinate and to develop organizational skills, as well as learning time management so the fast pace of the fair doesn't get overwhelming.

"Growing up, coming to the Emmet County Fair Queen Contest was one of my favorite fair events. I always looked up to the girls that were running. They were some of my biggest role models. I hope I can give back to the fair as much as it has given me," Springer wrote.

Springer hopes to grow as a result of becoming Emmet County Fair Queen. "I understand that there is a lot of handwork and responsibilities as fair queen, but the best experiences are not easy ones. I would be kind and caring and use a positive attitude to help as needed. I would love to represent Emmet County and meet new people while doing so. It would be an experience that would help me grow tremendously," Springer wrote.

During the Fair Queen Contest, a committee of judges awards points for various categories and in the end chooses a fair queen and princess. The two take over duties at the 2019 Emmet County Fair from that point, and the queen competes for the Iowa State Fair Queen title in August.



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