The 2023 Cedar County Fair

Royalty Contest

Royalty Crowning is Wednesday, July 12 at 5 pm in the Custom Builder’s Pavilion. 

Pictured is your 2022 Cedar County Fair Queen, Lacey Rouse, Fair Princess, Sawyer Meier, and Little Miss, Leighla Eiselstein.

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 31, 2023 5:00pm

Considering becoming the next Cedar County Fair King or Queen? This document will provide you with a description of all parts of the contest and help you on your way to achieving your goal of becoming royalty!

All forms, documents, and information can be found on our Facebook Page. Complete contest rules can also be found online or in the 2023 Fair Book.

The application and one headshot photo (head and shoulders shot of the candidate – a school photo, for example) must be emailed to Alex Zumbach at by Wednesday, May 31st, 2023 at 5:00pm. Applications can also be mailed to 614 10th St. Moline IL 61265 or you can submit the application online here.

Contest Description

Overall – The contest is divided into five parts – Application, Personal Interview, Group Interview, Speech, and Impromptu Questions. Each of these are judged on a ten-point scale, except for the application, which is worth five points, with a total of 45 points possible. Candidates will be judged on factors such as Personality, Attitude, Manners, Public Speaking Ability, Social Skills, Appearance and Awareness; Leadership and Citizenship – Contribution to Community; Overall Appearance, Charm, and Poise.

Application – This is available online at It is due on Wednesday, May 31st, 2023. Application should be filled out so that the format is not edited. Application may be handwritten or typed.

Personal Interview – Each candidate will have an 8-minute one-on-one interview with the panel of judges. Think of this as a job interview to become Cedar County Fair royalty.

Group Interview – All candidates will interview with the judges together where they will discuss their views and opinions on current events.

Speech – Each candidate will prepare and present a 2-minute to 4-minute speech. The speech should be given as if you were encouraging someone to come to the fair. Some suggestions would be to talk about what you love about the fair, Cedar County, and the state of Iowa in general.

Impromptu Questions – Following each candidate’s speech, they will be asked 1-3 impromptu questions in front of an audience.

Interview Attire – For individual and group interviews. Consider interview attire as something you would wear to a business function or a job interview. Your clothing may be age-appropriate but, in this case, still very professional. A business suit or a professional dress is accepted.

Formal Wear – For speeches during the contest and crowning during the fair. Prom dresses or any other type of formal gown are acceptable for ladies. Gentlemen should wear dress slacks, dress shoes, and a collared
shirt. Jackets and ties would also be acceptable. It is likely gentlemen would be able to wear the same outfit for interview and formal wear.

Please do not hesitate to call, text, or email Contest Director, Alex Zumbach at (563) 929-6760 or with any questions or concerns! Contestants are allowed and encouraged to contact the Contest Director for assistance with contest materials, interview tips, public speaking skills, etc. Contact information is provided below.

Important Dates

  1. Each contestant must be at least 16 years of age and not more than 21 years of age on Aug 10, 2023, the first day of the 2023 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. Each 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 membership.)
  5. 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.
  6. Any contestant who has competed at a State Fair Finals may not compete again.
  7. It is the responsibility of each contestant to make arrangements for transportation to and from Des Moines. Accommodations will be made for county queen only.
  8. The county fair queens will be the guests of the Iowa State Fair Tuesday, August 8, through the time of the crowning Saturday afternoon, August 12, 2022.
  9. A competent committee will select the Cedar County Fair Queen. Judging will be based on the following:
    1. Personality, Attitude, Appearance and Awareness
    2. Leadership and Citizenship – Contribution to Community
    3. Overall Appearance, Charm, Poise
  10. The winner of the county competition will be crowned “2023 Cedar County Fair Queen.” The 2023 Queen will be required to be actively representing the fair at the Fairgrounds for the entire 2023 fair, although all contestants are encouraged to participate as the 2023 Queen Court at the fair.
  11.  If the winner cannot reign until a new queen is crowned at the 2023 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.
  12. The winning contestant will receive all the prizes at the time of the finals with the exception of the scholarship. This scholarship will be presented to her after the 2023 Cedar County Fair Queen is selected.
  13. The reigning 2023 Cedar County Fair Queen is expected to conduct herself in a manner that reflects positively on herself, her family, and on the Cedar County Fair.  Should the reigning Cedar County Fair Queen become involved in any activity, including drug, alcohol, or tobacco related offense that reflects negatively on herself, her family, or the Cedar County Fair, she may be required to forfeit her crown, title and rights to the scholarship award to the first runner-up.
  14. Should the 2023 Cedar County Fair Queen marry or become ineligible before the 2023 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.
  15. The Cedar County Fair Board reserves the right to change and interpret the foregoing rules and regulations at any time as may be deemed expedient.

King – Candidate who ran for the position who rose above their competitors during the selection process. Selected by the judges.

Queen – Candidate who ran for the position who rose above their competitors during the selection process. Selected by the judges.

Leadership – Candidate who displays premier leadership skills in their interviews and/or application. Selected by the judges.

Best Application – Candidate whose application was the most professional and a step above their competitors. Selected by the judges.

Best Dressed – Candidate whose formal attire was out of this world. Voted on by the audience members of the contest night.

Congeniality – Candidate who expressed a friendly and positive personality. Voted on by the audience members of the contest night.

Princess Contest Information

The Cedar Country Queen Committee and Fair Board would like to thank you for taking this opportunity to apply for the 2023 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 2023 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.