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2017 Linn County Fair Queen Contest 

The Linn County Fair Association is now accepting applications for the 2017 Linn County Fair Queen Contest. The Queen Contest has been a long standing tradition at the fair and provides contestants a great experience with other young talented women that are role models in their communities.

The Linn County Fair Queen Contest is open to ladies 16 to 21 years old that reside in Linn County and are an active member of at least one service organization in her community such as 4-H, FFA, Girl Scouts, and church youth groups. For a complete list of contestant qualifications go to It is required that contestants have at least two years of involvement with The Linn County Fair prior to running.

The responsibilities of The Linn County Fair Queen includes but not limited to:

  • Being a spokesperson for the fair to help promote it through parades, banquets and other public events.
  • Be present during different fair events from grandstand to livestock events.
  • Represent The Linn County Fair at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines in August.
  • Through the different activities, the queen will help promote and represent The Linn County Fair!

Rachel Zumbach – 2016 Linn County Fair Princess, and Makenna Blackford – 2016 Linn County Fair Queen

Queen contestants will be required to attended several events. The first event is The ROYALTY DAY that will be held on June 4th from 1pm- 4pm. The afternoon will consist of interviewing skills/techniques, relaxation and much more for all fair queen contestants. Contestants will feel like a real queens when this day comes to a close while coming away with new interview techniques, networking and public speaking skills.

The contest judging will take place on the same day from 4 -6:30 pm, place to be determined. Public will be allowed to meet the contestants after the judging at 6 pm.

Other events include local parades and the Downtown Cedar Rapids Farmers Market on Saturday, June 17th.

The 2017 queen and princess will be announced and crowned Wednesday, June 28th at The Linn County Fair Cook-out and Opening Program in the grandstand starting at 5:00 P.M.

The contest will help develop many of the skills that are needed to succeed today. The current Linn County Royalty is Queen, Makenna Blackford of Alburnett and Princess, Rachel Zumbach of Coggon.  Past Linn County Fair Queens and contestants have gone to continue being great role models and leaders in their communities.

Applications are due by May 15th. They can be mailed to The Linn County Fair – Queen Contest, PO Box 329, Central City, IA 52214. NO APPLICATIONS will be accepted by committee members.

Linn County Fair Queen Committee Chair, Jennifer Dunn encourages young ladies to get involved, “This is a great opportunity to represent one of the best and fastest growing county fairs in the nation. We have many people looking at our county for information in what we do as a fair and what a great opportunity to be able to help display this great accomplishment as a fair.”

Forms and Rules online at

Questions please contact Jennifer Dunn at or Kathy Clemens at or by calling 319-929-FAIR (3247).


2016 Linn County Fair Queen Candidates; (L to R) Mikayla Bowen, Rachel Zumbach, Makenna Blackford, Kylie Mysak and Jessica Etten.


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