Ida County Fair crowns first king
By DOUG CLOUGH
IDA GROVE – For the first time in its 146-year history, the Ida County Fair hosted an Ida County King contest. Six young men took the stage on July 17 for the new event.
Austin Treiber was chosen as Ida County’s first King and presented with a belt buckle, black cowboy hat and $50 cash.
Contestants were evaluated based on dress, ability to answer an impromptu question, appearance, citizenship, personality, and an interview that occurred prior to the evening presentation.
As Ida County Fair King, Treiber had the responsibility of helping to present trophies and ribbons to livestock showmen and women.
Lee Riessen was chosen second runner-up. Tanner Thompson was awarded first runner-up.
During the same ceremony, the customary Queen Contest, which has been in existence since 1954, took the stage with seven contestants.
Katie Boyle, of Holstein, was awarded queen honors, as well as Miss Citizenship, earning a $200 cash award.
Contestants were judged on appearance, citizenship, personality and an interview with judges. Boyle also had the honor of presenting awards at the livestock competitions.
Erin Glawe garnered the Miss Personality award. Arielle Wolterman was second runner up.
Kendra Krager earned first runner up honors.
Other highlights included the out-of-the-field tractor pull, hog mud wrestling, a hypnotist, mud drag racing, donkey races, a magician, three grandstand music events, several livestock shows and a demolition derby.
The fair also boasted more than 30 commercial vendors throughout the event.
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