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Four vie for 2014 Tama County Fair Queen title

July 12, 2014
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

2013 Tama County, Fair Queen, Emma Knoop, will be the hostess for the upcoming crowning of the Tama County, Fair Queen for 2014 on Thursday, July 17, in the show ring on the Fair Grounds in Gladbrook at approximately 7:30 p.m.

This year, four contestants applied and will be judged on July, 13, at the Toledo American Legion which will be hosted by the Chelsea Challengers 4-H Club.

The contestants wil be judged 1/3 on leadership, citizenship and contributions to the community; 1/3 on personality, and awareness and 1/3 on poise and beauty.

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Tama County Fair Queen contestants are (l-r) Erin Filloon,Haley Shope, Trisha Walz and Shelton Hatch.
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Tama County, Fair Queen and Princess will be chosen by impartial judges, the results sealed and announced at the crowning on Thursday, July 17.

The public is invited to attend the Thursday crowning ceremony.

The queen contestants are:

Erin Filloon, 18, is the daughter if Piene and Jeff Filloon of Toledo and a graduate of South Tama County High School.

While in school, Erin's activities included: concert, pep and marching band, cross country, wrestling cheerleading, large group speech, baseball manager, 4-H, soccer, All for One, National Honor Society, Blue Crew, Thespian, Drama Club, backstage for musicals, and track. Erin is also involved with her church and volunteers for a middle school group called Friends for Change.

In her community, Erin volunteers for her church, and is a mentor for middle school students. She has helped out with organizations within her school activities and is actively involved in many things.

in her spare time, Erin likes to spend time with her family and friends. Her future plans are to attend the University of Northern Iowa where she will major in business

Haley Shope, 16, is the daughter of the late Mike Shope and Tod and Stacey Zeman. She will be graduating from South Tama in 2016.

In high school, she has been involved in FFA, all bands, individual speech, softball, volleyball, All 4 One, and wrestling manager. She is currently the FFA sentinel.

Throughout her community, she has been involved in the Toledo Techs 4-H Club since 3rd grade. Haley has also been involved in the community band.

When she has spare time, she loves to spend it outside talking with all her critters. She also loves to help out at the youth wrestling tourney.

Haley plans to graduate high school and would like to attend Iowa State University and major in Veterinary Medicines.

Trisha Walz, 17, is the daughter of Tim and Candi Walz of rural Tama and a graduate of South Tama County.

While in high school Trisha's activities include volleyball, basketball, softball, golf, track, band, speech, drama club, and many others. She has served as captain in all of her sports sh participated in. Trisha was also a class representative for student council and an active member of National Honor Society.

In her community, Trisha regularly volunteered at the local humane society, helped with local blood drives, and helped clean up the high school and parks. Some of her greatest accomplishments are receiving all academic for all sports all years, receiving honor roll all four years of high school, first team all conference in basketball and volleyball, receiving the Kiwanis academic award all four years, participating in state speech for ensemble, being nominated for prom and homecoming court, being elected to be a Leader of Tomorrow, receiving the science department award in 2011 and 2012 and the math department in 2012, and being an Iowa State Fair Exhibitor in Home Improvement in 2013.

In her spare time Trisha works at Premier Estates nursing home in Toledo as a CNA.

Trisha's future plans are to attend Wartburg College and major in nursing and play volleyball.

Shelton Hatch, 17, is the daughter of Ken and Shelleen Hatch of Gladbrook. Shelton has just finished her junior year at Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School. While in high school, Shelton's activities include: FFA, track and field, volleyball, and National Honor Society. Shelton has served as treasurer and vice president of the Gladbrook-Reinbeck FFA chapter. She also served as varsity team captain of her volleyball team her sophomore year.

In her community, Shelton has been historian, reporter, and vice president of the Gladbrook Gals and Guys 4-H Club. Shelton is also an active member of the Peace United Church of Christ and youth Fellowship. Shelton is a member of Bobbi's Fance Dancer's dance studio, the Heartland Youth Show lamb Circuit, Iowa Junior Beef Breeds Association, and Iowa Elite Club Volleyball.

In Shelton's spare time, she enjoys riding her dirt bike and snowmobile. Most of her summer consists of taking care of her show cattle and lambs. Shelton enjoys competing at open sheep and cattle shows around the Midwest. She enjoys babysitting and working at Raum Farms, Inc. Shelton's future plans are to attend Iowa State University where she plans to major in agriculturally business.



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