Kelsie Stahly displayed a look of disbelief as she was named the 2014 Dallas County Fair Queen Wednesday night in Adel.
“I’m kind of in shock right now,” said Stahly, immediately following the announcement. “I really didn’t expect it but I’m really exciting for this next year. Honestly, I thought they made a mistake because I’ve done a cow-roping contest before where they announced my name by accident. I thought that happened again.”
Stahly is a Clive native and 2014 graduate of Waukee High School. She plans to attend the University of Minnesota in the fall. Her activities include National Honor Society, mock trial, band, Color Guard, 4-H, and Silver Cord.
Stahly received her crown and sash from 2013 Fair Queen Madison Gavin.
“I started thinking about entering the contest after seeing Madison (Gavin) as the fair queen last year,” Stahly said. “Ever since then it was in the back of my mind that maybe that would be a great thing to try.”
Katelyn Wilderdyke of Adel was named 2014 Dallas County Fair Princess. Wilderdyke, a homeschooler will graduate in 2015 and plans to attend the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minn. Her activities include 4-H, church, mission work, and choir.
“It’s amazing, it’s such a huge honor,” said Wilderdyke. “I’ve lived in Dallas County my whole life and it’s incredible to represent the people here because I love living here, it’s amazing. I love the Dallas County Fair and I’m in 4-H so it’s been a huge part of my life for the past several years.”
First runner-up was Emma Skahill of Earlham. Skahill just finished her junior year at Van Meter High School. Her activities include National Honor Society, cross country, track, band, choir, FCCLA, 4-H, and church.