Four young women are competing for this year's Rice County Fair Queen and the winner will be crowned during a ceremony opening night of the Rice County Fair.  The contest was started 42 years ago by legendary KDHL Farm Director Dean Curtis.  The Rice County Fair is in it's 145th year and KDHL Radio is celebrating it's 70th birthday this year.

The judging takes place July 10th and includes a dinner at Bashers in Faribault.  Cornonation will be Tuesday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. on the Midway Stage.  Contestants must be no younger than 16 or older than 20 by June 1 of this year.  They must be single and live in Rice County or be involved in a 4-H chapter in Rice County.

In addition to a Queen, a First Attendant and Second Attendant are chosen and the competitors choose a Miss Congeniality.  These are the young ladies competing for the honor this year.

Gretchen Hohrman is the 17 year old daughter of Christina and the late Brad Hohrman and is a 2018 graduate of Northfield High School.  She plans to attent the University of Wisconsin in River Falls and major in Elementary Education.  Gretchen currently works at Barista Caribou Coffee in Northfield and has been in 4-H for 13 years serving in various positions.  During her years in high school Gretchen was in cheerleading and FFA.  She enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends, working, helping at a daycare and spending time outdoors.  Gretchen has grown up on a farm raising poultry and rabbits.  At the fair she has shown animals since she was 5 years old and would like to see an information booth added to the fair and a new bathroom building.  Gretchen is sponsored by Kreft's Twin Oaks Rabbitry of Faribault.

Gretchen Hohrman 2018 Northfield High School Graduate- Photo provided by Rice County Fair

Zoe Nassif is the 17 year old daughter of Carol and Robert Nassif of Dennison and is a 2018 graduate of Randolph High School.  Zoe plans to attend the University of Wisconsin- River Falls and study Elementary Education.  Zoe works at Cub Foods in Northfield.  In high school Zoe competed in speech, was involved in theater groups and church youth groups.  She has been in 4-H  since first grade and is President of the 4-H Happy Hounds.  In her spare time Zoe loves to read, crochet, show her dog, swim, bike and hike.  She participated in the Post Secondary Educational Opportunity  (PSEO) which is taking college classes for credit toward a degree.  Zoe helps her family raise, train and show American Eskimo Dogs.  At the fair she enjoys working at the malt and food stands.  Zoe would like to add more culturally diverse experiences such as informative demonstrations and food booths that reflect the demographics of our community, country and world.  Zoe is sponsored by Northfield Wi-Fi.

Zoe Nassif 2018 Rice County Fair Queen Contestant- photo provided by Rice County Fair

Hannah Singh is the 16 year old daughter of Raghav Singh and Kristen Moorhead of Northfield and will be a senior this fall at Northfield High School.  Hannah participates in 4-H and Open Class at the Rice County Fair.  Hannah loves to travel and give horse riding lessons during the summer.  She volunteers for Blankets for Veterans, rings for the Salvation Army and went on a Costa Rica mission trip.  Hannah has been awarded the VFW Voice of Democracy award three years in a row and received a silver medal in AATG German exam.  Her school activities include being on the trap team, varsity women choir and DECA.  Hannah has been in 4-H for 8 years and was in the 4-H Exchange Program and is a piano student.  She has started her own business "Hannah's Gluten Free Treats" which she sells at the Riverwalk Market in Northfield.  Hannah would like to see specialty food options highlighted at the Rice County Fair to attract a new audience.  Hannah is sponsored by GA Ernst and Associates of Northfield.

Hannah Singh 2018 Rice County Fair Queen Contestant- photo provided by Rice County Fair

Megan Vikla is the 19 year old daughter of David and Kelly Vikla of Lonsdale.  Megan attends St. Olaf College in Northfield and is studying math and studio art.  Megan has been in Girl Scouts for 14 years and is a lifetime member.  Megan has been in 4-H for 8 years.  She enjoys volunteering at her church festivals.  In school she was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, volleyball, cheerleading and track and field.  In theater she received a tri-artist award in 3 theater productions her senior year.  Megan was in band, choir, the Tri-City United Show Choir called Emotion.  In college Megan is part of the Linguistics Society and the Society for Ancient History where she will be a Junior Consul next year.  Her hobbies include singing and dancing, and her favorite ride at the fair is the Zipper.  Megan's top four items on her bucket list are to give blood, be hypnotized, write a novel and travel.  Megan would like to see the Rice County Fair use apps to go greener and let people know what's happening at the fair because paper brochures end up in the trash.  Megan is sponsored by her parents Kelly and David Vikla of Lonsdale.

Megan Vikla 2018 Rice County Fair Queen Contestant- photo provided by Rice County Fair