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.

Jacqueline Ehrlich

Jacqueline Ehrlich

Dubuque, Dubuque County

Jacqueline Ehrlich of Dubuque County was crowned the 2017 Iowa State Fair Queen. This year's ceremony marked the 53rd anniversary of the contest. Jacqueline is the daughter of Cindy and Mike Ehrlich of Dubuque and was chosen out of the 103 contestants who participated in this year's competition. 

Queen Jacqueline, who will reign for the next year, receives a $5,000 scholarship from the State of Iowa Governor’s Office along with a $3,000 scholarship from the Iowa State Fair in addition to her crown, sash and trophy. She also receives a floral bouquet from Boesen the Florist, a $600 gift card to Jordan Creek Mall, a pair of diamond earrings from B. Shannon Designs and an Iowa State Fair Brick from the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation.

Jacqueline is a sophomore at Iowa State University and studies Agricultural Biochemistry. Jacqueline is an Iowa State Biochemistry Department Peer Mentor, an Iowa State Calculus Tutor and plays intramural volleyball amongst many other activities.

She gives back to her community by volunteering not only in her home community of Dubuque but also in Ames, Iowa where she currently resides. A few areas include the LifeServe Blood Service, Holy Cross Home Helpers 4-H Club, Iowa Honey Producers Association and at Immaculate Conception Church and Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Past Iowa State Fair Queens

  • 2016Amanda Riniker Winthrop, Buchanan County
  • 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