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2017 State Fair Queen crowned

DES MOINES -  One of the oldest traditions at the state fair, the crowning of a queen. 

Over one hundred girls qualified for the competition after they won their county fair. Then the girls had their chance on the big stage to take home the grand prize. This year's queen hails from a small town in Dubuque County. 

"I've been coming to the state fair since I was six years old," said Jacqueline Ehrlich. 

This year she is leaving a champion. 

"And they said Dubuque County and my whole world just lit up," said Ehrlich.

It's an honor Jacqueline said she never expected. 

"I won my county fair queen and then with that comes the Iowa State Fair Queen so this was one of my first," said Ehrlich. "It was crazy."

A queen newbie maybe, but a young expert elsewhere. 

"I'll be attending Iowa State University again in the fall for my sophomore year in Agriculture Biology with a minor in nutrition," said Ehrlich. "I would love to just do research the rest of my life. I work in a lab right now and really love it so I am hoping to continue that."

At just 19-years-old Jacqueline seems well beyond her years. A friend from Iowa State and a fellow queen herself says she couldn't be happier with Jacqueline's accomplishment. 

"I just saw her and she just got crowned," said Maia Jaycox, the 2017 Iowa State Honeybee Queen. "That's amazing."

Being newly crowned, Jacqueline says she is honored to live up to her queen duties. 

"I am expected to be going to lots of fair activities like the grapes stomping contest and any livestock shows, things like that," said Ehrlich. "I am really just here to represent the fair and welcome people to this great state fair we have."


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