Buchanan County’s Amanda Riniker Crowned 2016 Iowa State Fair Queen
Sunday, August 14, 2016 Des Moines, IA
Amanda Riniker, 20, of Buchanan County was crowned the 2016 Iowa State Fair Queen by Alan Brown, president of the Fair Board. This year’s ceremony, which marked the 52nd anniversary of the contest, took place on Saturday evening at the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi with media sponsor CW Iowa 23.
The daughter of Bruce and Jeanette Riniker of Winthrop, Amanda was chosen out of the 103 contestants who participated in this year’s competition. All had been crowned queen of their respective county fairs prior to the State Fair.
Ashlyn Spencer, 19, of Taylor County was named first runner-up. She is the daughter of Todd and Cindy Spencer of Bedford. Second runner-up was Cassidy Moore, 19, of Jones County. She is the daughter of Chris and Danette Moore of Lisbon. Alyssa Baatz, 17, of West Pottawatomie County was named third runner-up. She is the daughter of James and Michelle Baatz of Neola.
Savannah David, of Dallas County, was given the Outstanding Leadership Award. The 17-year-old is the daughter of Don and Susanne David of Granger. Riley Ann Lonsdale, 17, of Adair County was given the Personality Plus Award. She is the daughter of Martin and Maureen Lonsdale of Greenfield.
Queen Amanda, who will reign for the next year, receives a $5,000 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.
The first runner-up earns a $1,500 scholarship and $300 gift card to Jordan Creek Mall; the second runner-up wins $1,000 in scholarship money and a $250 Jordan Creek Mall gift card; and the third runner-up receives a $500 scholarship and $200 Jordan Creek Mall gift card. The Outstanding Leadership recipient wins an $800 Scholarship and a $250 Jordan Creek Mall gift card. The Personality Plus winner receives a $500 scholarship and a $200 Jordan Creek Mall gift card. All members of the Royal Court receive a plaque from the State Fair and a floral bouquet from Boesen the Florist. An anonymous donor graciously provided the Jordan Creek gift cards for the Royal Court.
Judging is based on personality, attitude, awareness, leadership, citizenship, contribution to community, overall appearance, charm and poise.
About Iowa State Fair
Frequently ranked as one of the top events in the country, the Iowa State Fair is the single largest event in the state of Iowa and one of the oldest and largest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. Annually attracting more than a million people from all over the world, the Iowa State Fair located at East 30th and East University, just 10 minutes from downtown Des Moines is Iowa’s greatest celebration with a salute to the best in agriculture, industry, entertainment and achievement. Nothing Compares to State Fair Moments, August 9-19, 2018. For more information, visit www.iowastatefair.org.