Queen Jenna to reign

Jenna Heeren, the 18-year-old daughter of Jeff and Jodi Heeren of Jewell, was crowned the 2014 Hamilton County Fair Queen Wednesday night during the annual coronation ceremony held at the fairgrounds grandstand.

“I was so excited and honored to be crowned as Hamilton County Fair Queen,” Heeren said. “It’s an exciting experience.”

Heeren said she’s looking forward to helping out around the fair as it continues through Sunday.

This fall, Heeren will attend the University of Iowa to major in social work and minor in dance.

The South Hamilton graduate was one of six young women from around the county to vye for the crown.

Heeren succeeds Erin Anderson of Webster City who took her final walk as queen on Wednesday. Anderson spoke to the crowd about the past year and sang.

Megan Hughes, 18, Webster City, was the first runner-up and was presented with the leadership award. She is the daughter of Craig Hughes and is a Webster City High School graduate.

Kaleigh Greufe, 19, is the daughter of Randy and Sandra Greufe of Blairsburg. She was named the second runner-up in the queen competition. Greufe is a graduate of Northeast Hamilton High School.

Ashley Price, 18, daughter of Martin and Sandi Price of Webster City, was named Miss Congeniality. Other members of the court include, Morgan Gourley, 18, daughter of Kathy and George Gourley of Stanhopea and Gina Moline, the 18-year-old daughter of Christina and Chris Moline of Webster City.

Fair Queen Coronation attendees were also present for the presentation of the Hamilton County Friend of the Fair Award.

Thomas and Linda Buxton were given the honor. In the early 1900’s, Dr. Otho Buxton, the town physician and minister, convinced the fair to move from the west side of Webster City to the east side. He let the fair board use his land at the cost of $1. In 1910, the fair relocated to those grounds.

The Buxton family continued their involvement in the fair during the 1940’s when John Buxton was a member of the fair board. The Fair Foundation gave the award to the Buxton family for their longstanding ties to the fair.