Van Utrecht crowned queen


By: RD Keep, North Mahaska Communications Specialist

OSKALOOSA – Lexi Van Utrecht, a 2022 graduate of North Mahaska High School, is wearing
a new crown. The 2021 North Mahaska homecoming queen is this year’s Southern Iowa Fair
Queen. Van Utrecht was crowned at a ceremony Monday night to open the fair.
Van Utrecht is the daughter of Mike and Julie Van Utrecht from New Sharon. She was selected
from a field of nine candidates by judges Deann DeGroot, Cara Roquet and Adam Brink. Allie
Van Donselaar of Cedar was first runner-up. She is the daughter of Dan and Melissa Van
“I am blessed with this opportunity and just hope I can represent our county this week and at the
state fair,” said Van Utrecht. “I’m looking forward to going to all the events, meeting the people
and interacting with the children.”
It has been a very busy few days for Van Utrecht and her family. She met with the judges on
Thursday for interviews and has been preparing her projects for show at the fair. Her duties this
week will be presenting ribbons at some of the events and attending many of the grandstand
Other candidates included Rylie Sytsma, Raegan Rozenboom, Kira Doty, Abby Drost, Isabelle
Larson, Raeann Elliott and Teale Pose. Each candidate did an on-stage interview with emcee
Marvin Knoot. Trisha Van Donselaar, the 2021 queen, presented the tiara and sash to Van
Van Utrecht will have about three weeks to prepare for the trip to Des Moines to compete for the
title of 2022 Iowa State Fair Queen.
“I look forward to meeting the other girls,” said Van Utrecht. “I have talked to other fair queens
about what to expect, but it is exciting.”
This year the Southern Iowa Fair Board presented a new award to the girl who the judges felt has
given back to their community and volunteered in many aspects. The winner was awarded $200,
$100 in cash and $100 to a charity of her choice.
It took very little time before young ladies gathered around Van Utrecht for a photo, a sign her
reign has begun.
Van Utrecht will attend Grand View University this fall to major in nursing and be a member of
the dance team.

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