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Jacqueline Ehrlich of Dubuque County was named the 53rd Iowa State Fair Queen
Angela Ufheil

The Iowa State Fair’s new queen was crowned Saturday evening and was quickly engulfed by friends, family and fans. 

Jacqueline Ehrlich of Dubuque County was named the 53rd Iowa State Fair queen at Saturday’s coronation on Anne and Bill Riley Stage. The 19-year-old was one of 103 competing for the title.

“This competition was absolutely amazing,” Ehrlich said. ”It was a great group of girls. The most phenomenal girls I’ve ever met in my whole life.”

Previous to the State Fair Queen competition, Ehrlich was crowned queen at the Dubuque County Fair. But she didn’t think she’d win again at the State Fair level.

“I’m still letting it sink in,” she said. ”It doesn’t feel real yet.”

Ehrlich attends Iowa State University, where she’s majoring in agricultural biochemistry with a minor in nutrition. She hopes to be a researcher someday.

In her free time, Ehrlich enjoys participating in Biochemistry Club and LifeServe. Now, she’ll add new duties as queen to her schedule.

Like the State Fair queens before her, she’ll travel across Iowa attending fairs, parades and pageants.

“I’m really looking forward to being able to meet people and welcome them to the fair,” Ehrlich said.

As part of her prize, Ehrlich will receive a $3,000 scholarship from the fair and a $5,000 scholarship from former Gov. Terry Branstad.

2016 State Fair Queen Amanda Riniker was proud to pass on the crown to Ehrlich.

“I thought I’d be really sad at this point, but I’m so excited for the new queen,” Riniker said. “She deserves it, and she’ll do a great job.”

Riniker said Ehrich’s personality and interviewing skills won her the crown. She also has some advice for the new queen.

“Take it all in stride, and do as much as you can during your year as queen,” she said.

Other State Fair Queen pageant winners:

First Runner-up: Kate Curran of Humboldt County

Second Runner-up: Sydney Hansen of Bremer County

Third Runner-up: Leah Van Maanen of Mahaska County 

Outstanding Leadership Award: Morgan Fritz of Worth County

Personality Plus: Annie Wallin of Page County

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