The annual Iowa State Fair Queen competition is held during the Iowa State Fair as county queens from all over the state of Iowa come together to vie for the coveted crown. Judging is based on personality, attitude, leadership, citizenship, contribution to community, overall appearance, charm and poise.

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Amanda Riniker

Amanda Riniker

Winthrop, Buchanan County

Amanda Riniker is the 2016 Iowa State Fair Queen and also represents Buchanan County as the 2016 Buchanan County Fair Queen. She is currently attending Wartburg College as a Neuroscience Major, with plans to become an Occupational Therapist.

Amanda stays very busy as a full-time college student and athlete. Along with her time spent on both the Wartburg College Volleyball and Track and Field teams, she is also involved with the Tribeta Biology Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Wartburg College Neural Network, and Dance Marathon. When she’s not participating in college activities, Amanda also volunteers at a local nursing home and church youth group, is a member of the USA Club Volleyball Club, and coaches Winthrop Little League and Special Olympics Team Track and Field.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, being outdoors, spoiling her niece and nephew, and volunteering in her community. She stays healthy playing sand volleyball, running and hiking, and also enjoys helping on her family acreage raising 4-H and FFA livestock

Past Iowa State Fair Queens

  • 2015Ellen Schlarmann Monticello, Jones County
  • 2014Elizabeth Glover Spencer, Clay County
  • 2013Kelsey Smith Mount Pleasant, Henry County
  • 2012Abrah Meyer Readlyn, Bremer County
  • 2011Paris Schnepf Granville, O'Brien County
  • 2010Lacy Stevenson Knoxville, Marion County
  • 2009Caine Westergard Ireton, Plymouth County
  • 2008Ashley Quade Calhoun County
  • 2007Abby Salton Clay County
  • 2006Lydia Beck Buckingham, Black Hawk County
  • 2005Stephanie Miller Fayette County
  • 2004Courtney R. Barnes Adel, Madison County
  • 2003Jessie Hutcheson Morning Sun, Des Moines County
  • 2002Katie Lantz Lytton, Calhoun County
  • 2001Celeste Ogren Marcus, Cherokee County
  • 2000Katie Greiman Waterloo, Black Hawk County
  • 1999Abby Menke Cherokee, Cherokee County
  • 1998Leah Rae Campbell Rudd, Floyd County
  • 1997Rebecca Earles Traer, Tama County
  • 1996Lisa Ahrens Osage, Mitchell County
  • 1995Cindy Ahrens Hampton, Franklin County
  • 1994Lindzy Jones Aurelia, Cherokee County
  • 1993Julie Wolterman Danbury, Ida County
  • 1992Bobbi Jo Post Doon, Lyon County
  • 1991Tara Henderson West Des Moines, Polk County
  • 1990Amy Bryant Aurelia, Cherokee County
  • 1989Ann Jennett Early, Sac County
  • 1988Lisa Waldon Clarion, Wright County
  • 1987Andrea Pruessner Rockford, Cerro Gordo County
  • 1986Emily Cline West Liberty, Muscatine County
  • 1985Brenda Johnson Slater, Polk County
  • 1984Debra Graham Ida Grove, Ida County
  • 1983Lori White Plainfield, Bremer County
  • 1982Colleen Martin Huxley, Story County
  • 1981Jill Kelley Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County
  • 1980Teri Lynn Hodnefield Radcliffe, Hardin County
  • 1979Jeanne McGreevey Ackley, Hardin County