Five young ladies vying for crown of 2024 Allamakee County Fair Queen; Six girls taking part in inaugural Little Miss Contest

July 17 coronation event for both groups will help kick off the 171st Allamakee County Fair

The pageantry of the Allamakee County Fair will add another level this year, as the traditional Allamakee County Fair Queen Contest will be complemented by the inaugural celebration of the Allamakee County Fair Little Miss Contest for younger ages. The coronation event for both of those competitions, featuring a total of 11 Allamakee County young ladies, will take place Wednesday, July 17 at 5 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon to help kick off the 171st Allamakee County Fair, running July 17-21.

Five Allamakee County young ladies, ranging in age from 17 to 18 years old, are vying for the title of 2024 Allamakee County Fair Queen. Those five candidates seeking this year’s Queen crown include Mallory Berns of Harpers Ferry, Mari Delaney of Waukon, Lily Howe of Lansing, Mia Kurth of Lansing and Molly Peake of Waukon. Photos and biographies of each candidate begin at right on this page.

Perhaps providing a stepping stone to that Fair Queen pageantry is a new contest this year for those younger in age, as six girls ranging in age from seven to nine years old are seeking the inaugural title of Allamakee County Fair Little Miss. Those six Little Miss hopefuls include Quinn Bieber of Waukon, Everly Cota of Waukon, Mallory Kurth of Lansing, Ezra McCormick of Waterville, Leirah Onsager of Waukon and Ivanna Rodriguez of Waukon. Their photos and brief introductions begin at right on this same page.

In addition to this year’s first-ever Little Miss Contest, the crowning of each of this year’s contest winners will also happen on a new night, taking place Wednesday, July 17, beginning at 5 p.m. as part of its own celebration at the Fairgrounds Pavilion. Each of the contestants for both the Queen and Little Miss competitions will be escorted by their parents/guardians as they are introduced during the event.

The Youth Showcase that had typically been held in conjunction with the annual coronation event the Tuesday evening of each fair week will now be held Saturday evening, July 20 this year, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Fairgrounds Pavilion. Both the coronation and Youth Showcase events are still free to attend and open to the public.

According to Allamakee County Fair Queen Contest coordinator Diana Davison, the preparation and pre-coronation portion of the contest that was implemented last year for the young ladies involved in the Fair Queen Contest will be taking place again this year. Beth Wilson with Stylish Buffalo Salon in Lansing is doing hair for each candidate, and Rylee Einck with Hidden Beauty Studio in Waukon and Bailey Davidson with Idelle and Co. are doing make-up for the queen candidates.

Hello Sunshine in Waukon will be providing gifts for the newly-crowned Queen, Princess and Little Miss, and Silver Laine Co. in Waukon is offering a shopping spree for the newly-crowned Queen. Sycamore Floral in Waukon is donating three bouquets and discounted corsages for all contestants, and Elliott Jewelers in Waukon is donating crowns and a ring for the Queen.

Another new aspect introduced last year and carried over to this year’s Fair Queen participation is a pie auction. Each candidate will provide a pie to be auctioned off during the Wednesday, July 17 Truck and Tractor Pull event and another to be auctioned off during the Saturday, July 20 Rogue Rodeo as part of this year’s grandstand entertainment at the Fair. The funds raised from that pie auction event will be going to the 2025 Fair Improvements project.

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