On Wednesday, July 20, the Muscatine County Fair announced Makayla Kellor as their 2017 Fair Queen.

Makayla graduated from Muscatine High School this May. She will be attending Grand Canyon University to study exercise science with an emphasis and minor in Spanish. She spends a lot of time hanging out with friends, doing crafty projects, reading, and spending time with kids through volunteer work.

On the day of the fair pageant, Makayla started her morning at 8:30 a.m. with hair and makeup. From there, she met the other contestants at First Church United in West Liberty. The girls spent time together and ate lunch before their interviews. Each had an individual interview with the four judges, then all the contestants came together for a group interview. The interview process is an important part of the pageant because it gives the judges a chance to get to know each contestant on a more personal level. After the interviews were finished, the girls headed to the fairgrounds for the pageant.

“I was insanely nervous. Literally shaking,” said Makayla.

Makayla has been going to the Muscatine County Fair for as long as she can remember. She was a part of Clover Kids; then, when she got older, 4-H. She used to show cattle at the fair, but now she is more involved in 4-H. She brings projects to the building and participates on County Council, working different events and helping with behind-the-scenes work. Her favorite part of the fair is seeing all of the friends from different towns whom hasn’t seen in a year and watching her friends participate in their own events, whether it be singing at the grove, showing an animal, or giving a speech for 4-H.

Now that Makayla is the 2017 Fair Queen, she has many duties, such as being at livestock events, handing out ribbons, and making sure the fair is well represented. She also makes appearances at the bigger events that the fair holds.

Hearing my name was such an honor—something I couldn’t have even imagined being a position I would take on,” Makayla tells the Voice of Muscatine.

On August 10, Makayla will compete in the State Fair Queen Contest representing Muscatine County.