On Saturday, Hannah Koellner, of Eddyville, the Mahaska County queen from the Southern Iowa Fair, was crowned as the 2019 Iowa State Fair queen. Koellner is the daughter of Jim and Kim Koellner of Eddyville and is a 2019 graduate of Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont High School. She served as secretary and treasurer of the Agri Power FFA Chapter at EBF.
Koellner is headed to William Penn University where she will major in elementary education. Interviewed by Jeff Angelo on WHO Radio Monday morning, Koellner said she helps her dad with the familiy’s farm located in Van Buren County. She said she thought about running for Southern Iowa Fair queen a year ago, but a mission trip to Haiti was a top priority for her at that time.
Koellner will receive a $5,000 scholarship from the State of Iowa Governor’s office and a $3,000 scholarship from the Iowa State Fair.
She followed the reign of 2018 County Fair Queen Hailey Swan, of Davis County. The first runner-up was Lauren Ries, of Jones County. The second runner-up was Leah Marek, of Washington County. The third runner-up was Britney Ford, of Cedar County.
The Outstanding Leadership Award was given to Bailey Harward, of Davis County. Jakota Maakestad, of Hardin County, was given the Personality Plus Award.
According to the Iowa State Fair website, “Judging is based on personality, attitude, leadership, citizenship, contribution to community, overall appearance, charm and poise.”
Lauren Kaldenberg was Monroe County’s representative in the Iowa State Fair Queen Contest. She will be a senior this year at Albia Community High School.