August 30, 2018
Mateer Strong of Delta was crowned Senior Cowgirl Queen the first Friday of the 2018 Iowa State Fair. Zoe Fisher of Urbandale earned the title of Junior Cowgirl Queen.
The Junior Cowgirl Queen Attendants include the four runners-up in the competition for young women ages 10 to 15. The attendants are Olivia Mullenhaver from Moscow, Hailey Jo Cavan from Jewell, Laney Peterson from Norwalk, and Elivia Papcun also from Norwalk.
The Senior Cowgirl Attendants are selected from competitors ages 16 to 26 and include Jessica Ackerson from Indianola, Jessica Theobald from Clear Lake, Paige Anderson from Pella, and Tori Brandt from Ackley.
Both Cowgirl Queens received a $500 cash award sponsored by Dewy Ford Ankeny, a belt buckle sponsored by Purina and a monogrammed chair sponsored by Ellsworth College. Their attendants also received cash prizes and chairs.
Judges in the Cowgirl Queen contest considered appearance including beauty, attractiveness and appropriateness of western wear and horsemanship.