Adel-DeSoto-Minburn graduate Madison Gavin, 18, has been crowned the new Dallas County Fair Queen.
"I was really humbled and surprised," she said. "The other eight girls were very qualified for the position so I was really surprised."
Gavin, who has shown hogs for the past four years, said being crowned the queen has allowed her to see the other side of the Dallas County Fair.
"It’s great seeing the other events that go on at the fair and being a part of the whole experience," she said. "I was able to hand out awards to fair winners, ride in the Mud Bog Races and other events. I’ve enjoyed the business of it so far."
She attributes her success to the support of her parents and brothers, Colin and Alec, who helped her during her journey.
"My family really helped me out with chores and my mom helped with bringing me food and water throughout the day," Gavin said. "They were very supportive."
Gavin will compete for the state crown at the Iowa State Fair during the week of Aug. 8-18. She will be attending the University of Northern Iowa in the fall and major in elementary education and special education.
Dallas County Fair Queen candidates included Anna Steggerda of Urbandale who was named Dallas County Princess and Ryann Slycord of Adel who was chosen as the first runner-up. Other candidates included Maggie Bermel of Granger, Cierra Hildebrand from Perry, Danielle James of Minburn, Abigail Merschman of Adel, and Hannah Taylor of Bouton.