With eight worthy contestants, judges at the Jasper County Fair Queen contest had their hands full Saturday evening.
When all was said and done, however, only one contestant could be named Queen. This year, the honor went to 17-year-old Jaclyn Michener of Newton.
Growing up, Michener said, she looked up to all the past Jasper County Fair Queens. Participating in the contest is a great opportunity to grow in communication and leadership, she said.
Codi Holdeman, 17, of Reasnor took home the Princess crown. Holdeman has been coming to the county fair since she was a baby, she said, and was excited to participate in the contest.
Newton Development Specialist Craig Armstrong emceed the contest. He narrated the contestants’ clothing choices and asked them each one question during the contest held in the 4-H building at the fairgrounds.
The other contestants were Keely Birkenholtz, Bridget M. Carson, Logan Chandler, Jessica M. Jacobs, Mariah Wolfe and Allison Wood.