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Fun at the 2019 EC Fair

Paulson, Marth take on royalty duties; fair wrapped up with Sunday with awards, auction

July 31, 2019
Amy H. Peterson and David Swartz , Estherville News

Four girls competed for the title of Emmet County Fair Queen in 2019. After 2018's duo of Kayla Sabin, queen, and Brandy Kinnander, princess swept Armstrong, a third Armstrong girl prevailed to earn this year's queen crown, Ryanna Paulson. The daughter of Ryan and Cami Paulson, Ryanna has been toddling around the Fair since she could walk. The last few years, Paulson was emcee of the Bill Riley Talent show, cracking jokes of questionable merit while judges scored the talent entries. This year, clothed in a burgundy formal gown, Paulson said her advice to young girls who might want to be fair queen one day is this: "Make a good impression of people in conversations with them. To be queen you have to be able to converse with everyone." Sabin wiped away tears of joy when she crowned Paulson.

2019 Fair Princess is Ruth Marth of Estherville. Marth's display of talent has ranged from rollicking communications entries, once complete with light sabers, to art and photography to dance and singing to sewing. Marth's magenta and royal purple gown was her entry in the fashion revue as well as her formal wear for the queen contest. It's a creation she said she fashioned and finished in the space of six days. Marth said communication is vital to good leadership.

Elizabeth Reardon of Estherville developed a dance clinic for four younger girls as a leadership project, resulting in a dance routine to Aretha Franklin's R-E-S-P-E-C-T just before the queen competition. Abby Sander assisted with the project. Participants in the dance workshop were Cassandra Harvey, Jocelyn Richard, Brooklyn Richard and Lyndsay Towell.

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Alexa Springer said she learned from years of dance that if you stumble in a part, you can make the stumble part of the dance and keep going.

The contestants met many requirements in order to make it to the stage, including years of work in 4-H and service on intermediate and community council. On the day of their official interviews, the four completed a bead bracelet project with residents of Good Samaritan Society in Estherville.

Emmet County 4-H recognized Clover Kids graduates: Alexander Cole, Joshua Hellickson, Hadley Moore, Wyatt Peterson, Gabe Rose, Nicholas Cole, Eli Hovinga, Reagan Nelson, Sam Popken-Webb, Carson Crouch, Colin Kruse, Mallory Peters and Jocelyn Richard.

New to the Fair this year was a hay bale decorating contest. The Gardner family won with a fairly angry looking cartoon goat.

Another new contest was the pie eating contest.

Read more about the Fair in our fair results section that will be published soon.



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