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Floyd County Fair Queen has busy week ahead

Floyd County Fair Queen has busy week ahead
Anna Krumwiede, 2019 Floyd County Fair Queen, stands in front of the Gil and Donna White Charles City FFA Enrichment Center this week. Press photo by Kelly Terpstra
By Kelly Terpstra,

Around 100 contestants will vie for the title of Iowa State Fair Queen next month in Des Moines.

Anna Krumwiede from Charles City will be one of those challengers for the top crown in the state after recently being crowned Floyd County Fair Queen.

That big pageant takes place during the first week of August when she’ll walk the stage at one of the nation’s most famous state fairs.

In the meantime, she’s got some work left to do here in Floyd County.

Krumwiede will get plenty of use out of her tiara and sash while she represents her hometown as Floyd County Fair Queen this week.

Just what are her responsibilities as the newly crowned fair queen?

“Pretty much what I do is I just walk around the fair and I talk to different people. Another big part is handing out ribbons,” she said.

Krumwiede also participates in FFA and 4-H competition. She showed sheep, goats and rabbits on Thursday.

“I just like all the work you put in paying off. It’s a really rewarding thing,” she said.

Krumwiede, who will be a Charles City High School senior this fall, said she submitted an application for Floyd County Fair Queen in May. Last month she went through an interview process. The results to determine this year’s winner were announced last week.

Krumwiede said she was a little shocked that she was the winner.

“I was kind of surprised at first,” she said. “It’s kind of an honor.”

Krumwiede will have plenty of support from her friends and classmates when she makes the rounds around the fairgrounds this week.

“They’re excited for me. They think it’s crazy, like, ‘wow, my friend’s the fair queen,’” she said.

Last year’s 2018 Iowa State Fair Queen was Hailey Swan, from Bloomfield. She was representing Davis County  in southeast Iowa, and beat out 102 other contestants to snare the crown.

Iowa has 99 counties within its borders. So where do the other four contestants come from?

Krumwiede had an answer for that.

“Some counties are split in half and some counties have their own expo,” she said.

The contest for the 2019 Iowa State Fair Queen runs Aug. 6-10.

For now, “I’m trying to just worry about this county fair and then work on State Fair later,” Krumwiede said.

Krumwiede says she wants to be a teacher and is interested in attending Iowa State University when she graduates from CCHS. Anna is the daughter of Steve and Karen Krumwiede of Charles City.

Krumwiede was announced as the 2019 Floyd County Fair Queen at last Friday’s Party in the Park. Her court consists of first runner-up Amber Reams and Miss Congeniality Lexie Carey. Other candidates were Maggie Hain and Abby Hillegas.

Bailee Bortz, a 2018 CCHS grad, was 2018 Floyd County Fair Queen.