The 2024 Cedar County Fair

Royalty Contest

Royalty Contests open Monday, April 1 at 9:00 am.

Royalty Crowning is Wednesday, July 10 at 5 pm in the Custom Builder’s Pavilion. 

Pictured is your 2023 Cedar County Fair Queen, Molly Chapman, Fair Princess, Sidney Miller, and Little Miss, Viveca VanHeel.

Meet the 2023 Queen Contestants

Click on each contestant to learn more! Come cheer on all of our Queen, Princess, and Little Miss Contestants on Wednesday, July 12 at 5pm on the Family Foods Stage in the Custom Builders Pavilion.

2023 Princess Contestants

2023 Little Miss Contestants



Aubrie Pruess

Aubrie Pruess is the daughter of Jeff and Carrie Pruess of Clarence and is sponsored by Pruess Farm Repair. Aubrie is going to be a freshman at Warburg College this coming fall. Aubrie has been involved in volleyball, basketball, track and field. She also has participated in many fine arts including, band, jazz band, choir, chamber choir, and even played in the musical pit for the spring musical at North Cedar High School. She has also been a member of National Honor Society since her sophomore year of high school and served on her student council. Outside of school Abrie has been involved in the Harmony Hustlers 4-H Club, holding many offices, and competing in different project classes here at the Cedar County Fair. Aubrie also spends a lot of her time volunteering at various events including Vacation Bible School at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lowden, Clarence Fireman’s Breakfast, Clarence Soup Supper, raking leaves with her Lutheran Youth Fellowship Group, and even Christmas caroling. Aubrie has taken on leadership roles with a lot of her activities and has even planned and taught her own vacation bible school lessons to younger kids. Aubrie admits that outside of all these activities, she doesn’t have a lot of free time but what free time she can find is usually spent helping her dad on the farm bailing, bedding cattle, processing calves, weed eating, covering the bunker, and whatever else needs done. When all her farm work is done though, she does enjoy reading and playing with her two dogs, a Rat Terrier named Pancho and a Great Pyrenees Anatolian Shepherd mix named Bear. Three words that Aubrie would use to describe herself are friendly, hardworking, and polite. This fall Aubrie will attend Wartburg college where she will continue to play volleyball while majoring in elementary education. In the future, Aubrie would like to teach and coach high school sports in Cedar County.



Lacey Rouse

Lacey Rouse is the daughter of Deb and Tyler Rouse of Mechanicsville and is sponsored by High Hopes Cattle Company. Lacey is going to be a senior at North Cedar High School this coming fall. Lacey has been involved in FFA, volleyball, concert band, drama, and student council while in school. Lacey has taken on many leadership roles in her school activities, including competing in solo and large group band competitions, modeling positions for underclassman in volleyball, played in the musical pit band, and even performed on stage. Outside of school, Lacey tries her best to be involved in her community. Lacey has donated blood at local blood drives, helped keep highway ditches clean, plant flowers on main street, and servicing the food panty each week. Lacey is very involved in the cattle community at the county, state, and national levels. In 2020 Lacey was named the National Miniature Hereford Princess and is a member of the Miniature Hereford Foundation Youth Committee. With this involvement, Lacey finds herself often traveling the county to support a variety of cattle organizations by helping run cattle shows, running scale and tattoo chutes at check-ins, and handing out prizes in the show ring. Lacey tries her best to be model for younger participants and provides a friendly face for anyone to ask questions. These activities don’t leave Lacey much free time but when she can find some in her schedule she enjoys reading, crocheting, hanging out with her friends, or traveling with her grandpa who is part of a dirt track pit crew. Lacey doesn’t mind a little hard work and dirt and finds it rewarding to help change tires or gears on a car that could help them get to victory lane. In the future, Aubrie would like to attend Iowa State University to major in Agriculture Education. Lacey would like to help students realize their love of agriculture and sees herself leading an FFA program and helping to impact the community in a positive way.

Royalty Contest Information

Deadline to Apply: May 1, 2024 5:00pm

Welcome to your first steps in participating in the 2024 Cedar County Fair Queen program. We are excited to meet you. Our goal for you is that you will meet and interact with other outstanding young ladies from Cedar County, learn about the inner workings of the fair, develop stronger leadership and public relations skills, and have a great time!

Any young woman between the ages of 16-21 who resides in Cedar County is eligible to apply and participate. These ladies need to be active in the community and positive role models. It is not limited to just those who are in FFA & 4H.

Please return the following application, quick facts sheet, and permission slips to Queen Coordinator, Molly Haub or Jenny Jackson at PO Box 324, Tipton, IA 52772 or email to by May 1, 2024. The follow events will be available to contestants to participate in (starred events are required):

  • Contestant orientation & activity- June 4* 
  • Volunteering at fairground work nights
  • Interview Practice, Poise Workshop, & Brunch
  • Tipton 4th of July parade* 
  • Rehearsal & Fair Board Appreciation Dinner
  • Judging- July 10* 
  • Coronation- July 10 @ 5 pm* 
  • Cedar County Fair July 10-14*

A full schedule of events will be given at Orientation.

Throughout the entire competition judges will base their decision on personality, attitude, appearance, awareness, leadership, citizenship, charm, and poise. The competition consists of a group interview, one-on-one interview, and stage presence on Wednesday, July 10. Events prior to the fair will be noted in the judges’ binders, so your presence & participation is highly encouraged.

We are requesting that each Queen candidate have a sponsor. Any organization, church, business, or individual can sponsor a candidate. Each sponsor shall donate a minimum of $50 on the candidate’s behalf. This $50 will go towards prizes, activities & awards for the contestants. If you need assistance finding a sponsor, please contact Molly or Jenny.

If you have any questions with regards to the above information or the application, please feel free to contact Molly Haub or Jenny Jackson at We wish all the candidates the best of luck!


  1. Each contestant must be female and at least 16 years of age and not more than 21 years of age on Aug 8, the first day of the 2024 Iowa State Fair.
  2. Contestants must never have been married.
  3. A county fair queen must reside in the county she represents or an adjoining county if the majority of her activities are in the county she represents. If a fair represents more than one county, the winning contestant must reside in one of the participating counties.
  4. contestant must be an active member of at least one service organization in her community such as a church group, Girl Scouts, 4-H, FFA, etc. (Eligibility is not limited to 4-H or FFA membership.)
  5. Each entrant in the State Fair Competition must be selected from a competitive queen contest at her county fair. If an Iowa fair does not have a contest, it may sanction another queen contest in their county as the “Official County Fair Queen Contest.”  The winner of this is then eligible to compete at the Iowa State Fair.  Only contests sponsored by county fairs that are members of the Association of Iowa Fairs will be eligible to compete at the state level.
  6. Only winners as indicated under Rule 5 are eligible to represent counties at the state pageant. In the event the county queen is unable to participate, alternates will be considered in order of selection.
  7. No professional model (one who has had ongoing employment in which modeling was the primary part of the job) is eligible to compete in the state competition.
  8. Any contestant who has competed at Iowa State Fair Queen level of the competition may not compete again.
  1. Any county fair queen selected after the 2023 Iowa State Fair and meeting the above qualifications is eligible for the 2024 competition.
  2. The Iowa State Fair will accept only one entry per county. Should there be more than one queen contest in the county, it will be the responsibility of the fairs concerned to hold an elimination contest.  The only exception to this rule will be in those counties where more than one fair qualifies for membership with the Association of Iowa Fairs.  In those cases, both fairs will be eligible to submit candidates for competition.
  3. It is the responsibility of each contestant to make arrangements for transportation to and from Des Moines.
  4. The county fair queens will be the guests of the Iowa State Fair Tuesday, August 6th, through the time of the crowning Saturday evening, August 10th, 2024.
  5. The Iowa State Fair will provide a sash and crown for each county fair to award their queen at the county fair. This must be worn when she appears at the Iowa State Fair and is included in the $450.00 entry fee requested with the enclosed entry blank. Entry fee for entries received after April 30 is $500.00.  Absolutely NO entries will be accepted after May 31!
  6. County fairs are requested to select their candidates by competition in which personality, leadership, and beauty are judged.
  7. A competent committee will select the “Iowa State Fair Queen”. Judging comments are not available to the contestants or county representatives.  Judging will be based on the following:

Personality, Attitude, Appearance and Awareness

Leadership and Citizenship – Contribution to Community

Overall Appearance, Charm, Poise

  1. Each contestant should be prepared to appear in a variety of dress such as street dress or suit, evening dress and casual wear.
  2. The winner of the state competition will be crowned “2024 Iowa State Fair Queen.” The 2024 Queen will be required to remain at the Fairgrounds for the remaining time of the 2024 Fair.
  3. The winner of the state competition must agree to appear for the Iowa State Fair Board in official capacities as requested throughout the year until her successor is crowned. This includes daily appearances at the 2024 Fair and the first three days at the 2025 Fair. The Iowa State Fair will help with food and transportation expenses for these appearances.
  4. If the winner cannot reign until a new queen is crowned at the 2025 Fair, she must forfeit her title and all awards associated with it to the first runner-up. She may then accept the title and awards of the first runner-up.
  5. The winning contestant at the Iowa State Fair must agree to accept no other queen titles nor endorse any commercial product as “Iowa State Fair Queen” for a period of 12 months following the 2024 Iowa State Fair without the written permission of the Iowa State Fair Board.
  6. The winning contestant will receive all the prizes at the time of the finals with the exception of the scholarships. The scholarships will be presented to her after the  5 Iowa State Fair Queen is selected.
  7. The reigning 2024 “Iowa State Fair Queen” is expected to conduct herself in a manner that reflects positively on herself, her family and on the Iowa State Fair.  Should the reigning “Iowa State Fair Queen” become involved in any activity, including a drug, alcohol or tobacco related offense that reflects negatively on herself, her family or the Iowa State Fair, she may be required to forfeit her crown, title and rights to the scholarship award to the first runner-up.
  8. Should the 2024 “Iowa State Fair Queen” marry or become ineligible before the 2025 queen is crowned, she will forfeit her title, crown and rights to the scholarship award to the first runner-up. Should the first runner-up marry or become ineligible, she will forfeit title, crown and rights to the scholarship to the second runner-up. 
  9. The Iowa State Fair Board reserves the right to change and interpret the foregoing rules and regulations at any time as may be deemed expedient.

Princess Contest Information

The Cedar Country Queen Committee and Fair Board would like to thank you for taking this opportunity to apply for the 2024 Cedar County Fair Princess Contest. We are very excited about the upcoming fair and want to make this a memorable one.

Little Miss Contest Information

The Cedar Country Queen Committee and Fair Board would like to thank you for taking this opportunity to apply for the 2024 Little Miss Cedar County Contest. We are very excited about the upcoming fair and want to make this a memorable one.

Cheyenne Byrd

18, Tipton

My name is Cheyenne Byrd. I’m 18 and a graduate of Tipton High School. My parents are Jody and Jeff Byrd. In School I was very involved. I did FFA, Student Council, National Honor Society, Dance Team, FCCLA, choir, band and cheerleading. Outside of school I was involved in 4-H, in the club Sugar Creek Challengers, along with youth group, girl scouts, and Studio Dance. 

Maggie Von Muenster

18, Stanwood


My name is Maggie Von Muenster, I am 18 years old. My parents are Rodney and Kendra Von Muenster. I have lived on an acreage North of Stanwood my whole life. I have a younger brother, Joseph. I have worked at Family Foods since I was 16 and have really enjoyed the job and meeting new people. I was involved in band, FBLA, cheer and dance and 4-H. I am on the church council at Trinity Lutheran Church in Tipton where I have attended church my whole life. I am going to attend Muscatine Community College in the fall for a degree in Business Management and Accounting. I love spending time with my friends and family and living life to the fullest.

McKinley Kash

17, Clarence

My name is McKinley Kash, I am 17 years old and a junior at North Cedar High School. My parents are Kasey and Katy Kash. We live on a farm north of Clarence, which is also home to our many species of animals. Through school, I participate in FFA, speech, band, choir, and drama, and this spring, I was the manager for my high school boys’ track team. I am also a part of the Cedar County Saddle Club and the Cedar County Horse and Pony 4-H Club. In FFA and 4-H, I show horses and goats at the Cedar County Fair. In the past, I have shown heifers, steers, and cow/calf pairs. I also enjoy creating sewing, photography, and art static projects. For the past 5 years, I have also shown my horse at the Iowa State Fair. I am excited to create new experiences in my life while participating in the Cedar County Fair Royalty Contest.  

Molly Chapman

18, Tipton

Molly Chapman is an 18-year-old who has recently graduated from Tipton High School. While in high school she was active in FCCLA, FFA, FBLA, Interact, National Honors Society, Peer to Perr, Big Brother Big Sister, Theater, Speech, Choir, Soccer, Volleyball, and Track. Outside of school, she is involved in 4H and Youth Cedar County Council. Her parents are Brad Chapman and Stacy Chapman. She Enjoys painting, spending time with friends and family, showing cattle, being in the sunshine, and caring for children. In her future she plans to attend Iowa State University to major in Early Childhood Education and hopes to one day become a Montessori Teacher.