2021 Benton County Fair Queen Candidates
There are eight candidates this year. Judging will take place the Sunday before the fair June 20, which will be held at the Fair Board Office. The candidates will go through individual interview as well as a large group interview. The Queen will be crowned Wednesday night of the opening of the fair in the grandstands which will start at 6pm during the 4H Family night in the Grandstands. The color guard will open the night along with the National Anthem followed by the events. This is free and open to the public to come watch the Crowning of the Queen.
The candidates will be helping with Party in the Park event on Thursday night down at the courthouse with the game that the kids will get to play. They also will be in the parade that Saturday of the party in the park.
Open Class Fair books can be found at the Extension Office and around at some business’s in the county or they can contact fair board members to get one. The Open Class Fair books was not sent out this year.
My name is Emma Arnold, daughter of David Arnold and Sara Yedlik. I live on an acreage apart of my family’s farm outside of Vinton. I am a Senior at the Vinton-Shellsburg High School and I will be graduating at the end of May. My plans after high school is to attend Hawkeye community college majoring in Agriculture Business Management. I plan to transfer to Iowa State to major in Agriculture Education.
I am actively involved in 4H, FFA, Vinton-Shellsburg Bowling Team, Cooling Dance Studio, Vinton-Shellsburg Band and assisting my grandfather on the farm. I have been a dancer at Cooling Dance Center for 13 years I have competed in competition for 4 years. Devoting countless hours to my Vinton-Shellsburg FFA chapter is an important part of my life. Through my active participation in FFA, I have been involved in local community projects that include: 3rd grade Ag Day, Farm Safety Day, putting up holiday garland around Vinton for Christmas, delivering flower pots to local businesses, Middle School recruitment activities, Local Greenhand Night, Derecho clean up, place trash cans around town for special events to reduce litter, host petting zoo at local events, etc.
I have been a member of the Vinton Presbyterian youth group for 6 years. Being in this group has given me many opportunities to volunteer. Some projects we do as a group is donate toys to kids in need during the holiday season, volunteer in the church’s nursery, collect and donate personal hygiene products to the Ronald McDonald house in Iowa City. Over the past two summers, I have volunteered at Tilford elementary for their summer lunch program. I help cook and package meals for students in our school district.
Through all of my events that I am in, I have received many awards: Greenhand Degree, Chapter Farmer Degree, Iowa Degree, SAE proficiency awards (Beef Production, Crop Production, Horticulture). I have received many awards for participating in leadership events: Parliamentary Procedure (sub-district and district), Conduct of Meetings (sub-districts, districts and state), and Chapter Display(state). 4-H Awards that I have received include: Citizenship Award, Horticulture Award based on record keeping. In band, I received my varsity letter. I have received a varsity letter in bowling. I recently received the Presidential Academic Award.
I gained my passion for Agriculture at an early age. My grandfather and great grandmother helped me find my passion. The first time I fell in love with agriculture is when I got my first bucket bottle calf. When I first walked into my Intro to Agriculture class, I quickly gained a passion for agriculture and FFA. As the year went on, my passion for FFA and agriculture grew. I have gained confidence by helping others gain their passion for FFA. I really enjoy the FFA family that I have gained through the opportunities I have received. I want to help other kids find their passion for FFA and Agriculture.
Hey Benton County, my name is Kailey Bahmann. My parents are Scott and Amy Bahmann along with my younger brother Alex Bahmann. I currently live in Vinton and just currently graduated from Vinton-Shellsburg High School. I will be attending Iowa State University in the fall of 2021 and will be going after my animal science degree. Throughout high school though, I was active in the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA chapter, the VS Red Cedar Shooters, National Honor Society and much more! I have been a part of 4H for 9 years now and was selected to be on the 4H youth council which I have been on for 3 years. I have achieved my academic varsity letter for 3 years along with my trapshooting varsity letter for 3 years as well. I also have the honor of receiving my highest medal through the NRA in shooting sports. On my free time, you can find me riding my horse, hanging with friends or fishing and hunting with my family.
My name is Harlyn Heithusen. Daughter of Willis and Cindy Heitshuen. I live outside of Urbana, Iowa, on a horse and cattle ranch with my parents and my two siblings, Hadley and Kendall. I attend Center Point-Urbana Highschool. Once I graduate I plan to attend Iowa State University, to study Biomedical Engineering, with minor in Criminal Justice and coach a volleyball team. Eventually I plan to work in the hospital and start my own cattle and horse ranch. Right now, I am involved in; school and club volleyball, Stem Club, 4H, working at Fareway, Volunteering in my community, and I am participating the silver cord program. I also hold the Vice President role in my 4h club, Polk 101. In the past years, I’ve been apart of girl scouts and Student Council. In my free time, I enjoy being outside, playing volleyball, creating and trying new things, being with my animals, being with my friends, spending time with my family and traveling. I also love being active and meeting new people.
Emily Ingalls is the daughter of Loren and Patricia Ingalls. She has two older brothers, Aaron and Tristan and her older sister Machaela. She lives outside of Van Horne and attends Benton Community. Emily is 17 and will be a Senior in the Fall.
Emily is actively involved in 4-H and FFA. In FFA she has participated in several Career
Development Events with her favorite being Conduct of Meetings where she received Gold at SubDistricts and Districts and received Silver at state. Through 4-H she has received Outstanding Senior member for her club the past two years. Emily has also participated in Choir, Show Choir, Dance Team, Track and Field, Speech, Musical and Play.
She also loves to help anyone in anyway she can. One way is by volunteering her time at the Central Presbyterian Church. Emily also enjoys being a group leader for St. John’s Lutheran Church during their Vacation Bible School in the summer. Through 4-H she has been blessed with many opportunities to help the community. Such as collecting pop cans and donating the money to the Newhall First Responders.
Emily loves to spend a lot of her time working with her goats, her two horses Theo and Bonnie and her dogs Roxi and Oakley in the summer getting them ready to show at the Benton County Fair and the Iowa State Fair. The Benton County Fair is Emily’s favorite week during the summer as it is a time to show off everyones hard work and what they have accomplished throughout the year. Emily is certainly looking forward to her first year running for Benton County Fair Queen.
My name is Annabelle Newton, and I am the daughter of Chad and Kim Newton, and have one sister Sophia (12). I am a sophomore at the Vinton-Shellsburg High School where I am involved in Track, Cross Country, Student Senate, and FFA. I have served the Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter as Co-Reporter, and will be serving it as President this upcoming school year. I have also done a variety of contests in FFA, including Conduct of Meetings, Parliamentary Procedure, and Ag Communications. Outside of school, I am a part of the Jackson Better Farmers 4H Club, where I am currently serving as President, and have served as Treasurer and Vice President in the past. Within 4H, I have shown swine and rabbits for the past 7 years. I am also a part of the Benton County Youth Council. I’ve been on Honor Roll for my two years of high school, received varsity letters in my sports, and gotten the VSHS Academic Achievement Award. After high school, I plan to attend a 4-year school.
Rylee Sash is the daughter of Kevin and MaryJo Sash and has two older sisters, Payton and Olivia Sash. She lives on a small farm outside of LaPorte City and currently attends Union High School. After high school, she plans on going to Iowa State to double major in Event Management and Hospitality Management.
In school, she is involved in the fall play, spring musical, dance team, group speech, individual speech, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), band, choir, color guard, FFA, National Honors Society, and the volunteer program. She has worked very hard for her grades, achieving Honor Roll and A-Team every trimester of high school. Being a member of the LaPorte-Dysart FFA Chapter has given Rylee many learning opportunities, her favorite is being able to compete in the state-level Floriculture contest. Outside of school, she is a member of the Bruce Boosters 4-H Club and Benton County Council. She is currently serving as president of Benton County Council.
Next year, Rylee plans on staying active with school activities. She plans to join DubH and Event Managment Club. She intends to pursue leadership roles in both of clubs.
In past years, she has had the honor of receiving her chapter degree and greenhand degree for FFA. She has also received the Mayor’s Top Teen Award for her volunteer service to her community last year. This year, I have had the honor of receiving the 2021 Chick-fil-A Remarkable Future Scholarship. I also received the Bill Hahn and the Wayne and Neva Leo Family Scholarship.
Rylee is also very busy with work, she currently works at Chick-fil-A in Waterloo. She has also worked at the LaPorte City Family Aquatic Center for the past three years. She has been the assistant manager, lifeguard, and cashier.
Rylee has been participating at the Benton County Fair since she was in 4th grade. She has always shown meat goats and static projects. Rylee has also shown at the state level for five years.
My name is Julia Shutlis. I am the daughter of Robert and Kristine Shultis of Shellsburg. I have an older sister who attends Iowa State in Ames. I attend Vinton-Shellsburg High School and will graduate in May.
Participating in a wide variety of activities and learning new things has been especially important to me. I have been involved in band for 6 years, Benton County Youth Council for 2 years, and choir for 1 year. I have been in the Canton Upstreamers 4-H Club were I currently hold the office of president. I have also held the office of reporter for several years. I have been in FFA for 4 years where I have competed in many events at the subdistrict, district, and state level. I received my Iowa Degree in May of 2020. I have received many other awards from both 4-H and FFA including leadership awards for projects at the county level including cooking, baking, art, home improvement, leadership, and competitions. I have competed in both horse and dog project areas.
I have also participated in Citizenship Washington Focus at The National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. While I was on this two-week trip, I learned about civic engagement through experiences at our nation’s capital. I collaborated with other participants to co-write a bill to present in front of a mock House of Representatives session. I toured DC landmarks, andpracticed conflict resolution while addressing disagreements.
Over my 9 years in 4-H have made it a goal of mine to try a least one new project area each year. Through this, I have tried almost every project area and learned many new skills.
My future plans are to go to the Culinary Institute of America majoring in Hospitality Management in the fall of 2021. After that, I plan on having a career in the food and travel industry. I hope to one day to work for the airlines or cruise lines.
My name is Emma Jo Wiley. I am the daughter of Todd and Denise Wiley and sister to Drew, Isaac and Josh Wiley. We live on a family farm in northeast Benton County. I will be gaduating from Vinton Shellsburg High School in May and plan to attend DMACC in Ankeny this fall, pursuing an AAS degree in Business. My community involvement includes being a member of the Harrison Willing Workers 4-H club for 9 years, as well as being an active member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Vinton where I have been involved in youth group, Sunday morning services and Wednesday night meals. During my high school career I have been involved in basketball and track for 2 years, Operation Backpack for 2 years, softball for I year and am currently serving on our School Improvement Advisory Committee. I have also been heavily involved in the Vinton Shellsburg FFA chapter for the past 4 years, holding chapter omces including Officer at Large, Vice President and President. I have chaired many local committees and have also been involved on 1 state committee. Currently I am employed at Flowers by Nature’s Corner in Vinton where I have the wonderful opportunity to learn and pursue my passion for the floral industry. After college I hope to become a full time florist.