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2023 Fair Results


Photography Winners

There were 426 entries in the Photography department of the Keokuk County Fair plus 12 in the Interpretive and 9 in the Harness Horse Racing Associations Department.

  • Penny Headley entered 17 photos — She received 5 blue, 11 red and 1 white
  • Lisa Headley had 1 red
  • Jessica Hooper had 3 reds
  • Robin Right had 1 blue and 3 red plus the Best of Division
  • Jasmine Headley entered 3 photos and received 3 reds
  • Susan Koehn entered 32 photos — She received 15 blues, 14 reds, and 3 whites
  • Juanita Roland entered 10 photos — She received 4 blues, 4 reds and 2 whites
  • Tonja Ludwig entered 26 photos — She received 13 blues, 12 reds and 1 white
  • Carolyn Danner received 12 blue, 15 red and 2 white — She also received a best of Division
  • Patty Herr entered 50 photos — She received 28 blues, 20 reds and 1 whites; She also received the Best of Show award
  • Karla Lee entered 21 photos — She received 9 blue, 11 red and 1 white; She also received a Best of Division award
  • Virginia Pierson entered 59 photos — She received 38 blues, 16 reds, 5 whites and 2 Best of Division
  • Jeff Pierson entered 30 photos — 19 received blue ribbons, 9 red and 2 white
  • Jen Wright received 1 white ribbon
  • Linda Molynuex entered 34 photos — Linda received 25 blue, and 9 reds
  • Paige Ponce-Bermudez entered 21 photos with 8 receiving blue ribbons, 10 red and 3 white
  • William Ludwig had 2 reds
  • Kathy Fisch had 1 blue
  • DJ Danner entered 4 photos — He had 2 blue and 2 red ribbons
  • Tami Weber received 2 blues
  • Sara Alexander entered 20 photos — She received 12 blue and 8 red
  • Tiffany Thiesse received 2 blue
  • Chrystal Danner received 8 blue, 11 red and 1 white
  • Emma Alexander received 10 blue, 20 red and 3 blue

Entering in the Interpretive Division, were Susan Koehn, Tonja Ludwig and Linda Molynuex. Susan received 3 blue, 2 red and 4 white. Tonja received 2 red and Linda's was 1 blue.

The Harness Racing Association had 9 enteries. Susan Koehn received a blue, Patty Herr received a blue and a red. Linda Molynuex received 2 whites. The overall grand prize went to Tonja Ludwig.

 

Keokuk County Horse Show, What Cheer, July 7, 2023

Draft Horse Halter: 1st — Emma Bair, 2nd — Ethan Bair
Pony Halter: 1st — Neela Thompson, 2nd — Colten Voyles, 3rd — Evan Haines, 4th — Autumn VandeKamp, 5th — Ty Zehr
Mare Halter: 1st — Ella Haines, 2nd — Jayde Snakenberg, 3rd — Clara Erickson, 4th — Micaiah Erickson, 5th — Barbara Harris
Gelding Halter: 1st — Katie Kruse, 2nd — Mateer Strong, 3rd — Kim Strong, 4th — Brenna Hawkins, 5th — Emma Bair
Champion Halter: Katie Kruse
Reserve Champion Halter: Emma Bair
Youth Showmanship: 1st — Brenna Hawkins, 2nd — Evan Haines, 3rd — Ella Haines, 4th — Jayde Snakenberg, 5th — Kaylee Lacey
Senior Showmanship: 1st — Leann Voyles, 2nd — Mateer Strong
Lead Line: 1st — Ty Zehr, 2nd — Reagan Voyles, 3rd — Jovie Erickson, 4th — Autumn VandeKamp, 5th — Sophie Olson
Youth Walk Trot: 1st — Brenna Hawkins, 2nd — Clara Erickson, 3rd — Connor Harris, 4th — Colten Voyles , 5th — Evan Haines
Open Walk Trot: 1st—Mateer Strong, 2nd — Emma Bair, 3rd — Ella Haines, 4th — Barbara Harris, 5th — Clara Hanselman
Draft Team Men: 1st — Ethan Bair, 2nd — Ryan Martin, 3rd — Brady Harp
Open Western Pleasure: 1st — Emma Bair, 2nd — Ella Haines
Ranch Horse Pleasure: 1st — Mateer Strong, 2nd — Emma Bair, 3rd — Clara Hanselman, 4th — Ella Haines, 5th — Evan Haines
Draft Team Women: 1st — Emma Bair, 2nd — Abby Witt, 3rd — Tasha Allen
Draft Cart: 1st — Emma Bair
Pony Hitch: 1st — Tasha Allen
Pony Cart: 1st — Evan Haines, 2nd — Rhett Harp, 3rd —Ella Haines
High Point Junior belt buckle: Ella Haines
High Point Senior belt buckle: Emma Bair
Winning the Steve Thomas Blanket: Dan horse of Emma Bair

Keokuk County Fair Baby Pageant

The Keokuk County Fair's Annual Baby Pageant was held Friday, July 7, in Heritage Hall on the Fairgrounds. Babies were judged in 3 age groups. 1 girl & 1 boy from each age group was selected to vie foe Little Miss & Little Mister Keokuk County Fair.

In the January 1, 2023 to the Fair date girls' division Emberleigh Ladd, daughter of Benny & Ryleigh Ladd of Delta won the ribbon for sleepiest; Finley Maxwell, daughter of Seth & Jackie Maxwell of What Cheer won the darkest hair, Tatum Foster, daughter of Kirsten & Cody Foster of Sigourney won the most energetic; Ensly Smith daughter of Cullen Smith & Gracie Straube of Sigourney won the mellowest; & Sloan Vermillion daughter of Travis & Kylie Vermillion of What Cheer won the crankiest. Tatum Foster was selected to represent this age group in the finals.

The boys in this age group were: Jayden Britt, son of Sara Hurley & Michael Britt of Sigourney won friendliest; Bryan Hanson son of Dalton Hanson & Jasmine Van Patten of What Cheer won the chubbiest cheeks; Benson Little son of Carrie & Brady Little of Sigourney won the smallest; Bexlee Samson son of Bailee & Morgan Sampson won the most energetic, Holden Vermillion son of Travis & Kylie Vermillion of What Cheer won the bluest eyes; & Liam Young son of Lakota McKay of Oskaloosa won the sleepiest. Jayden Britt was chosen to go to the finals.

Competing in the July 1, 2022 - December 31, 2022 age group for the girls were Taya Thomas daughter of Andy & Nikki Thomas of What Cheer won the biggest smile; Zaylee Hunter daughter of Jenasis Ward of Sigourney won rosiest cheeks & Piper Knipfer daughter of Dustin & Sam Knipfer of Keswick won sleepiest. Zaylee Hunter was chosen for the finals. Boys division were: Tufton Kitzman son of Zach & Amy Kitzman of Barnes City won curliest hair; Oliver Martin son of Adam & Cassidy Martin of What Cheer won most energetic; Vitorio Headley son of Alexis Sidebottom & Adam Headley of What Cheer won most fidgety; Kannyn Bruns son of Austin & Hunter Bruns of What Cheer won most hair; Colsyn Bruns son of Austin & Hunter Bruns of What Cheer won biggest smile; & Walker Weller son of Brea & Cody Weller of What Cheer won the mellowest. Colsyn Bruns was selected for the finals.

The age group January 1, 2022 - June 30, 2022 were represented by: Magnolia Speers daughter of Cully & Kelsey Spears f Rose Hill won curliest hair; Murphy Sille daughter of Shelby Cranston & Arick Sille of Keswick won shyest; Quinlee Price daughter of Brandon Price & Hanna Acord of What Cheer won most energetic; Hensley Sams daughter of Dalandra Peska & Steve Sams of Delta won blondest hair; Sylvia Harding daughter of Christina Almond of Marengo won mellowest; & Mercedes Ruggles daughter of Mark Ruggles of What Cheer won happiest. Quinlee Price moved on to the finals.

There were only 2 boys in this age division. Wyatt Fogle son of Nicole & Tegon Fogle of Delta won the friendliest & Asher Kinkade-Jorgenson son of Kaitlin Kinkade of Hedrick won chubbiest cheeks. Wyatt Fogle represented this age group in the finals.

After the regular competition the 3 finalists from each group competed for Little Miss & Mr. Keokuk County Fair 2023. Second runners up were: Tatum Foster & Jayden Britt. First runners up were: Quinlee Price & Wyatt Fogle. Named Little Miss Keokuk County Fair was Zaylee Hunter & Little Mr. was Colsyn Bruns.


Race Results

  • Cruiser — Heat 1:
    • 13H — Ashton Hartwig/Lily Hartwig
    • 89 — Roger Thomas/Andy Thomas
    • 59 — Denny Binns/Donovan Binns
    • 46 — Gary Tolles/Nate Wanders
    • 316 — Mark Ruggles/Garrett VerSteegh
    • 27 — Taylor Stoddard/Brandon Stoddard
  • Cruiser — Heat 2:
    • 2k — Preston Kline/Morgan Kline
    • 77 — Mark Schuring/Jerret Utterback
    • 3 — Chad Clabaugh/Riley Cope
    • 12k — Corwin Hull/Jason Miller
    • 1 — Deal Keasling/Triston DeJong
  • Trucks — Heat 1:
    • 20m — Joe Follman
    • 55 — Bryan Stephenson
    • 13m — Michael MacCready
    • 7k — Krista Sellers
  • Trucks — Heat 2:
    • 8E — Bob Frees
    • 316 — Mark Ruggles
    • C4 — Landon Covey
  • Stock — Heat 1:
    • 77 — Mark Schuring
    • 9-11 — Mike VanderMolen
    • 51x — Dustin Filloon
    • Ok — Jerome Kline
  • Stock — Heat 2:
    • 44 — Brody Sassman
    • 13H — Ashton Hartwig
    • 19 — Zach Leach
  • FWD — Heat 1:
    • 14 — Matt Pool
    • 21 — John Schuring
    • C4 — Landon Covey
    • 20M — Joe Follman
  • FWD — Heat 2:
    • 9c — Lily Hartwig
    • 19B — Brooklyn Henderson
    • 10m — Madysen Leonard
    • 4c — Collin Covey
  • Prostock — Heat 1:
    • 84c — Corey Danner
    • 99 — Lance Baker
    • 86 — Dylon Danner
    • 24 — Butch Lester
  • Prostock — Heat 2:
    • 84 — Clayton Danner
    • 77 — Mark Schuring
    • 22 — Leroy Kline
    • 00c — Cade Groenveld
  • Features

    Cruisers:
    • 77 — Mark Schuring/Jerret Utterback
    • 89 — Roger Thomas/Andy Thomas
    • 59 — Denny Binns/Donovan Binns
    • 13H — Ashton Hartwig/Lily Hartwig
    • 27 — Taylor Stoddard/Brandon Stoddard
    • 316 — Mark Ruggles/Garrett VerSteegh
    • 2k — Preston Kline/Morgan Kline
    • 3 — Chad Clabaugh/Riley Cope
    • 46 — Gary Tolles/Nate Wanders
    • 12k — Corwin Hull/Jason Miller
    • 1 — Deal Keasling/Triston DeJong
  • Trucks:
    • 20m — Joe Follman
    • 55 — Bryan Stephenson
    • 13m — Michael MacCready
    • 8E — Bob Frees
    • 7k — Krista Sellers
    • 316 — Mark Ruggles
    • C4 — Landon Covey
  • Stock:
    • 77 — Mark Schuring
    • 44 — Brody Sassman
    • 9-11 — Mike VanderMolen
    • 51x — Dustin Filloon
    • Ok — Jerome Kline
    • 19 — Zach Leach
    • 13H — Ashton Hartwig
  • FWD:
    • 14 — Matt Pool
    • 9c — Lily Hartwig
    • 19B — Brooklyn Henderson
    • C4 — Landon Covey
    • 4c — Collin Covey
    • 10m — Madysen Leonard
    • 21 — John Schuring
    • 20M — Joe Follman
  • Prostock:
    • 84 — Clayton Danner
    • 84c — Corey Danner
    • 77 — Mark Schuring
    • 99 — Lance Baker
    • 86 — Dylon Danner
    • 24 — Butch Lester
    • 00c — Cade Groenveld
    • 22 — Leroy Kline
 

"Top" in Points at Keokuk County Fair races this year

Car/Driver needed to make 3 out of the 4 races at the Keokuk County Fair to be in the “Top” of class

Cruiser — Top 10:
  1. 77 — Mark Schuring/Jerret Utterback
  2. 3 — Chad Clabaugh/Riley
  3. 1 — Deal Keasling/Tristan DeJong
  4. 316 — Mark Ruggles/Garrett VerSteegh
  5. 89 — Roger Thomas/Andy Thomas
  6. 59 — Denny Binns/Donovan Binns
  7. 46 — Gary Tolles/Nate Wanders
  8. 13H — Ashton Hartwig/Lily Hartwig
  9. 27 — Taylor Stoddard/Brandon Stoddard
  10. 12k — Corwin Hull/Julie Corbitt
Trucks — Top 6:
  1. 8E — Bob Frees
  2. 13M — Michael MacCready & 20M — Jerry Moffitt
  3. 7K — Krista Sellers
  4. 316 — Mark Ruggles
  5. 55 — Bryan Stephenson
Stock — Top 3:
  1. 77 — Mark Schuring
  2. 9-11 — Mike VanderMolen
  3. 19 — Zach Leach
FWD — Top 8:
  1. 19B — Brooklyn Henderson
  2. 21 — John Schuring & 9c — Lily Hartwig
  3. 20M — Joe Follman
  4. 10M — Madysen Leonard
  5. 14 — Matt Pool
  6. C4 — Landon Covey
  7. 4C — Collin Covey
Prostock — Top 6
  1. 84 — Clayton Danner & 84C — Corey Danner
  2. 77 — Mark Schuring
  3. 24 — Butch Lester & 00C — Cade Groenveld
  4. 99 — Lance Baker
 

Harness Race Results

Click the links below to view the results of the 2023 harness races.

July 7th, 2023 Results
July 8th, 2023 Results
July 9th, 2023 Results
 
 

Arts & Crafts Winners

2023 Arts and Crafts Results from the Keokuk County Fair, What Cheer

The Arts and Crafts Department of the Keokuk County Fair in What Cheer had 80 exhibits.
Chrystal Danner got 1 red, Robin Wright had 5 blue, Susan Koehn received 14 blue, Dixie Shipley had 1 red, Tonja Ludwig had 1 blue. Patty Herr received 1 blue, Karla Lee had 4 blues and 2 Best of Division, Virginia Pierson had 13 blues and 3 reds. Jen Wright had 2 blues, Linda Molynuex had 13 blues. Paige Ponce-Bermudez had 1 blue, Melinda Kinkade had 2 blues. Nicole Metz received 2 reds, Vicky Smith had 1 blue, Charlotte Williams had 3 blues plus 1 Best of Show. Blaine Williams received 1 blue. Seyedeh Moor had 1 blue, Emma Alexander entered 16 items and received 9 blues, 5 reds, and 2 whites. Sara Alexander had 1 white. Grayce Williams received 1 blue, 2 red and 1 white.

 

Bingo Results

2 nights of Bingo were held at the Keokuk County Fair in What Cheer.

There were 43 playing on Friday, July 7, with Rick Walker, Jackie Culp (2), Judy Williams (2), Carol Hazen, Danielle Storm (2), Jaydon Smith, Michael Ver Ploog, Nikki Thomas, Roxanne & Sasha winning regular games. Winning the $100 Black Out game was Trisha Snyder.

On Saturday, July 8, there were 42 playing. Winning were: Ethan Kirby, Shelly Gordon, Brenda Minton, Jackie McDermott, Larry Nicholson, Melissa MacCready, Tristan Minton (2), Jill Bos, Quinton Minton, & Austin Shaull winning regular games. Katie Pedersen & Charlie Tebochorst shared the $100 Black Out prize.

 

Checkers Tournament Results

In the up to 10 years of age group, McKinley Goetsch was 1st, Brooklyn Linder was 2nd and Addison Streigle was 3rd. in the 11 to 15 age group, 1st place went to Jaxson Dennis, 2nd to Ella Haines and 3rd to Jolie Wehr.

 

Corn Hole Results

The results for the 2nd Corn Hole Tournament were:
1st place - Jesse Montgomery and Kendall Montgomery.
2nd - Dave Markham and Tom Cranston.
3rd - Zack and Kyle Luedtke, and
4th went to Terry Hudson and Avery Gatton.

 

Cookie Stack Results

Participating in the 2023 Cookie Stack for ages 1 - 10 yrs., were Vera Schultz, Molly Schultz, Addison Striegel, Beau Spears, Wyatt Jindrich, Owen Jindrich, and McKinley Goetsch. 1st place went to Owen Jindrich, 2nd to Molly Schultz and 3rd to Addison Striegel.

In the 11 to 15 year old there was only 1 participant and 1st place went to Linzy Striegel.

The 16 year and over had 4 participants. Emma Colhran, Nevaeh Orr-Meyer, Michael VerPloeg, and Ian Williams. 1st went to Michael, VerPloeg, 2nd to Ian Williams and 3rd to Emma Colhran.

 

Floral Hall

Those winning ribbons in the FFA Division of Floral Hall exhibits were: Large Exhibits: Chloe Zittergruen, Blue; Medium Exhibits: Jayden Smith, Blue; Small Exhibits: Chloe Zitterguen, Blue & Levi Molyneux, Red; & 7-8: Aubry Zittergruen, Blue.

There were 136 entries in the Floral Department at the Keokuk County Fair in What Cheer. Superintendents for the Department were Donna Adams, Patty Herr, Connie Howar & Toni Hull.

Ribbon winners were: Jan Dugger, 1 red; Kathy Fisch, 3 blue; Melinda Kinkade, 3 blue; Zelda Tanke, 1 blue; Patty Herr, 6 blue & 1 red; Susan Koehn, 6 blue & 3 red; Andy Thomas, 1 blue; Karla Lee, 6 blue & 6 red, Carolyn Danner, 26 blue & 1 red; Delta Garden Club, 1 blue; Flower Girls, 1 blue; Grayce Williams, 5 Blue & 2 red; Kim Strong, 8 blue & 2 red; Suzette Streigel, 7 blue & 2 red; Mateer Strong, 3 blue & 1 red; Carol Horras, 13 blue & 1 red; Mike Streigel, 8 blue & 1 red; Linda Molyneux, 1 blue; Sara Aexander, 3 blue & 1 red; Tiffany Theissen, 9 blue; & Jerry Fox 1 blue.

Carolyn Danner won the purple Best of Show rosette. Green Best of Division rosettes were won by: Kathy Fisch, Patty Herr, Carolyn Danner, & Suzette Streigel. Winning the Wilma Moore Memorial Awards were Patty Herr & Carolyn Danner.

 

Ohana Pedal Pull Results

The youngest age group had 2 participants. Megan Hol of Oskaloosa was 1st and Jace Maxwell was 2nd.

Age 4 Group 1st place went to Aurora Knipfer of Keswick.

There were 2 participants in the 5 age group. 1st went to Denver PonceBermudez of What Cheer and 2nd to Trinity Craft of Keota.

The 6 year age group had 4 participants: 1st went to Brayleigh Craft of Keota, 2nd to Oaklynn Van Patten of What Cheer, 3rd to Jersey Linder of What Cheer. Lyla Tebockhaust of Kalona also participated.

There were 2 participants in the 7 age group: 1st, Clint Hol of Oskaloosa and 2nd to Brooklyn Maxwell of What Cheer.

There were 4 participants in the 8 age group: 1st to Richard Drost of New Sharon, 2nd to Justin Olson of What Cheer, 3rd to Paxtyn Craft of Keota and Charly Tebockhorst of Kalona also participated.

The 9 year age group had only 1 participant - Brooklyn Linder of What Cheer. She received 1st place in that age group.

10 year age group also only had 1 participant - Carl Danner of What Cheer. Carl received 1st place.

The 11 year age group had 2 participants: London Linder, of What Cheer as 1st and Eleanora Danner of What Cheer was 2nd.

 

Queen Results

The 2023 Keokuk County Fair Queen Contest judging started on July 4 with the contest at the What Cheer Opera House and a luncheon with interviews at Thomas Hall. On July 6, the crowning was held in Heritage Hall on the fairgrounds.

Crowned Queen for 2023 was Chloe Zittergruen of Keswick. Haylei Pettit of What Cheer was named Miss Congeniality. Haylei, Grayce Williams of What Cheer & Natalie Smith of What Cheer were members of the Court..

 

Queen's Cake Results

This year the Queen, Chloe Zittergruen and her court, Haylei Pettit, Grayce Williams and Natalie Smith only had 2 cakes to judge. 1st place was a Red Velvet cake baked by Janice Dugger. 2nd was a Butter cake baked by Susan Koehn.

 

Scavenger Hunt Winners

Faith Roland, Grinnell and Tonja Ludwig, Waterloo, tied and split the 1st and 2nd place money. They both missed the same number of questions but not the same questions. 3rd place went to Nevaeh Moffitt and Brandon Follman of Delta.

 
 

Youth Division of the Keokuk County Fair in What Cheer

Amber Smith had 35 Youth enter items in the Youth Department of the Keokuk County Fair.

Eleanora Danner entered 11 items. She received 5 blue and 6 red.
Carl Danner - 3 blue and 6 red
Ashia Maxwell - 1 blue and 1 red
Hailey Brackelsberg - 8 blue, 5 red and 2 white
Ava Brackelsberg - 4 red
Levi Pierson - 6 blue, 1 red and 1 white
Elizabeth Pierson - 6 blue, 6 red and 1 white
Vera Schultz - 3 blue, 1 red, and 1 white
Faye Schultz - 1 blue
Denver Ponce Bermudez - 3 blue and 1 red
Warren Fisch - 1 blue
Cooper Fisch - 1 blue
Sofia Berg - 2 blue and 1 red
Gracen MacCready - 8 blue, 1 red and 5 white
Astoria McDonald - 2 blue
Aubree Cranston - 1 blue
Addison Striegel - 4 blue, 1 red and 1 white
Linzy Striegel - 6 blue and 1 white
Naomi Wadsworth- 13 blue, 5 red, and 1 white
Emmett Haines - 2 red
Ella Haines - 5 blue and 3 white
Evan Haines - 1 blue, 2 red and 4 white
Eli Haines -1 blue
Callie Deutshle - 2 blue
Chloe Zittergruen - 6 blue and 3 white
Xavier Jandrisovits - 1 blue
Wesley Davis - 2 blue and 1 white
Tinley Thomas - 2 red
Kimber Thiessen - 14 blue, 4 red and 1 white
Kennedy Thiessen - 2 blue
Jersey Linder - 5 blue and 5 red
Brooklyn Linder - 1 blue, 7 red and 5 white
London Linder - 1 blue, 5 red and 2 white
Lane Brown - 2 blue
Drew Brown - 2 blue

Best of Divisions went to Wesley Davis, Kimber Thiessen, Levi Pierson, Naomi Wasdworth, Ella Haines. Best of Show went to Wesley Davis.

 
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