Jayhawk-Linn junior crowned fair queen in ceremony Saturday
Updated: Sep 7
Cierra Lindsey of Mound City was crowned 2023 Linn County Fair and Rodeo queen on Saturday prior to the demolition derby. (photos by Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)
MOUND CITY – A 15-year-old junior at Jayhawk-Linn High School was crowned 2023 Linn County Fair and Rodeo queen on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the fairgrounds arena at Mound City.
Cierra Lindsey won the crown by selling nearly $12,600 worth of tickets to fair events. Lindsey, the daughter of Tracy Lindsey of Mound City, is an eight-year member of the Barn Harvesters 4-H Club, a member of the state winning 4-H horse judging team, a very active member of the Jayhawk-Linn FFA, and a member of the school’s National Honor Society.
Claire Caldwell, a 17-year-old from Parker was runner-up in the contest with nearly $11,100 in ticket sales. Danielle Slinkard, a 16-year-old from Mound City was third with nearly $10,400 in sales.
Following the crowning ceremony, candidates, the new queen and last year's queen pose for a photo. They include, from left, Kelsee Poole, Danielle Slinkard, 2023 Queen Cierra Lindsey, Ella Merritt, Claire Caldwell, and 2022 Queen Taryn Poole.
Combined with the sales of candidates Kelsee Poole of Mound City and Ella Merritt of La Cygne, the candidates sold nearly $38,000 in tickets to the events including the demolition derby following the crowning, the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull on Sunday evening, and two nights of rodeo this Friday and Saturday evenings, Aug. 11-12.
Candidates also sold raffle tickets for firearms, one of which is given away each night of those events.
The win for Lindsey means she will have a busy week. The queen traditionally is involved in a variety of activities including presenting ribbons at the livestock shows.