Cowgirl Queens Crowned at Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, IA (09/12/2018) (readMedia)-- 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.


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 Thrills, August 10-20, 2017. For more information, visit