Mickayla McGill was crowned the 2019 Marion County Fair Queen at this year’s competition, held on June 29.

Mickayla is the daughter of Mickal and Erica McGill. She is a recent graduate from Knoxville High School and plans to attend Des Moines Area Community College in the fall to study communications and criminology. Mickayla serves as the Iowa FFA South-Central State Vice President. She is also involved with 4-H, county council, cross county, track and National Honor Society.

In order to be crowned the Marion County Fair Queen, McGill and the seven other contestants first submitted an application and three letters of reference in May. They also participated in a “get-to-know-you night” at Treasured Portraits. On the day of the competition, the contestants were in both group and individual interviews for the entirety of the day.

The stage portion of the competition, which was held at the First United Methodist Church in Knoxville, served as the final segment of the competition.

“It has been a couple months of work for them to get prepared,” Fair Queen coordinator Deanna Wahlert said of the contestants. “We have a great group of eight amazing girls this year. We’re really excited.”

During the stage portion of the competition, contestants introduced themselves to the audience. They were then each asked a question relating to an answer provided in their initial application. The contestants then left the room and were brought back individually, each answering the question “What problem do you see in our state and how would you solve it?”

2018 Marion County Fair Queen Megan Moore was also present at the competition. She provided insight into her experience as Fair Queen and offered advice to the contestant who would soon be crowned as the 2019 Marion County Fair Queen.

“My advice to the queen is to be nice to everyone, smile, say hi, and get to know everyone at Queen’s Week,” said Moore. “The world is small and you never know who you might see around the corner.”

Following a brief deliberation period by the judges, Moore crowned Mickayla McGill as the 2019 Marion County Fair Queen.

“This is such an honor,” said McGill. “This is something I have looked forward to doing since I was in fourth grade. I always looked up to the queens growing up and it is such an honor to finally be one of them.”

McGill says that she is looking forward to experiencing all the different aspects of the county fair in her new role as Fair Queen. She is especially looking forward to experiencing the various livestock shows. McGill is also excited for Queen’s Week at the Iowa State Fair.

Maren Egging of Reasner was crowned as the Fair Queen Runner-Up. Maren is the daughter of Philip and Rachael Egging. She will complete her senior year at Lynnville-Sully High School in the fall. Maren is involved with 4-H, speech, band, jazz band, church activities and National Honor Society.

The other candidates who participated in this year’s competition were Mackenzie Olson of Pleasantville, Payton McMurray of Knoxville, Taylor Clark of Pleasantville, Tierney Heffron of Dallas, Shianne Votava of Pella and Madison Orewiler of Des Moines.