Linn County Fair and Rodeo queen candidates, from left, Bailey Umphenour, Haven Conner, and Addison Stokes-Todd will be criss-crossing the county to sell tickets for the rodeo, demolition derby and tractor pull over the next two weeks. (Submitted photos)
With the opening night of the Linn County Fair and Rodeo just days away, fair queen candidates are busy selling tickets to the event.
As in past years, the candidate who sells the most tickets takes home the crown. This year, the coronation will take place the second night at the Demolition Derby on Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Addison Stokes-Todd and Haven Conner are from Blue Mound, and Bailey Umphenour is from Pleasanton. However, you can expect to see them in the far reaches of Linn County and beyond as they try to move those tickets.
Prices for the tickets are $12 for adults in advance for the Demolition Derby on Aug. 6 and 7, and price at the gate is $15.
For the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull that begins at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8, tickets for adults are $15 in advance and $18 at the gate.
The rodeo runs two evenings, Aug. 13 and 14, and advance adult tickets cost $12 compared to $15 at the gate.
Tickets for children 6 to 12 years old at all events are $5.
Queens will also have raffle tickets to win a rifle, $5 per ticket or 5 tickets for $20.
A student council member, a varsity cheerleader and a member of the volleyball team, Haven Conner is the 17-year-old daughter of Tammi Conner. She will be a senior at Jayhawk-Linn High School this year and is exploring a career in neonatal nursing after she graduates.
She is a member of the Barn Harvesters 4-H Club and has served as president and secretary of the club. An 11-year veteran of 4-H, her favorite projects are photography and showing goats.
In school, she has served on the student council for years, including stints as secretary and treasurer. A member of JLHS’ varsity cheer squad for four years, she has been recognized as an All American Cheerleader, along with other school awards. She is also a member of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
She attends church at The Barn in rural Blue Mound and is active in missions there.
Her hobbies include dancing, singing, photography, fishing, babysitting, being an aunt to 11 nephews and spending time with her friends.
You can contact Haven at 620-228-2282 to buy tickets.
A two-year member of the National Honor Society, Addison Stokes-Todd is the 17-year-old daughter of Betsy Stokes and Ronnie Todd. She is a senior at JLHS and plans to go to a community college next year to take prerequisite classes before moving on to a four-year school.
Her education goals focused on the health care field. She is exploring becoming an anesthesiologist or a nurse practitioner.
Addison has been on the cheerleading squad for five years – she competed in the national cheer competition in Dallas – and has been a competitive dancer for six years. She is also a member of the FCCLA organization at school.
She attends Sacred Heart Catholic Church and has been a volunteer at the Harvesters food pantry.
Her hobbies include volleyball, running, working out, fishing, riding horses and going on RZR rides, hanging out with friends and family, vacationing and spending time at the lake and beach.
You can contact Addison at 913-755-5789 to buy tickets.
One of Bailey Umphenour’s hobbies is showing horses, and it’s something in which the 17-year-old is quite accomplished.
She was the grand champion winner of the 2021 World Paint Horse Association halter class competition with her horse, Almighty Stylin. She and her horse were reserve champions in 2020.
The daughter of Clint and April Umphenour and Lija David, Bailey will be a senior this year at Pleasanton High School. She has been class treasurer, played on the basketball team for eight years and played softball two years.
A member of the PHS FFA program for six years, she served as president of the organization this year and vice president last year. She recently joined the Valley Rangers 4-H club.
After graduation, she plans to study ranch management at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College with a goal of returning to the family ranch and continuing to expand the operation.
In addition to showing horses, spending time with family and friends, working cattle and just working around the ranch are her hobbies.
You can contact Bailey at 913-568-0335 to buy tickets.