Michelle Sander of Arcadia, daughter of Brian and Heather Sander, presents her speech to describe herself and why she should be queen. Sander was crowned the 2012 Carroll County Fair queen and will compete at the Iowa State Fair in August. <span style="font-size: xx-small;"><em>Daily Times Herald photo by Randi Reeder</em></span>
Michelle Sander of Arcadia, daughter of Brian and Heather Sander, presents her speech to describe herself and why she should be queen. Sander was crowned the 2012 Carroll County Fair queen and will compete at the Iowa State Fair in August. Daily Times Herald photo by Randi Reeder
Friday, July 13, 2012

There was a lot going on in Coon Rapids at the Carroll County Fair Thursday night with the crowning of the fair queen, Little Miss, and the Bill Riley Talent Show.

Michelle Sander, 18, daughter of Brian and Heather Sander of Arcadia was crowned the 2012 fair queen.

“I was actually really surprised,” said Michelle Sander about being crowned this year’s fair queen.

The night began with each of the five contestants giving a speech to describe themselves and to explain why they should be the 2012 fair queen.

Sander’s presentation included a Vanna White impression with the letters C-A-R-R-O-L-L to describe her, with each letter representing one of those descriptions.

“They were the roots of my life like Academics, Relationships, Love and Laughter.”

Sander left the “C” in Carroll as the last letter to say that she planned on returning to the area after her college graduation and would be honored to represent Carroll County.

Sander will be in Calmar this fall at Northeast Iowa Community College and will major in agriculture business with photography as her backup plan.

Katelynn Venner, daughter of Ken and Carol Venner, of Carroll, was runner-up.

“It’s ironic that we both won because she’s my neighbor, and last year’s queen, Kimbery Eich, lives a mile from us. It’s like it traveled around the neighborhood.”

Sander will go on to compete in Des Moines at the Iowa State Fair, which runs Aug. 9-13.   

Eich gave Sander a survival kit for the competition to help her get through the intense interviews and long hours.

“I haven’t opened it yet, but hopefully the things in it will make it be OK and less scary,” Sander said with a laugh.

Amanda Nees, this year’s queen contest coordinator and the 2005 Carroll County fair queen, also told Sander how terrifying it is.

“Amanda said it is really nerve-racking and you’ll just want to cry but you got to just keep pushing through, they are just really selective about what they want,” Sander said.

Sander was at this morning’s hog show to help hand out ribbons and will help throughout the fair giving out ribbons at other livestock shows and trophies at the figure-8 races.