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By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Paige Dagel takes home fair queen crown

Rural Sanborn teen is first queen from H-M-S in 8 years


July 23, 2020


The 2020 O'Brien County Fair royalty court, pictured front row from left to right: Jason Wittrock, King Eric Mars, Queen Paige Dagel, Princess Sierra Stamer and Jack Farquhar. Back row: Emily Chicoine, Trey Haag, Olivia Grooters, Arianna Frerk, Claire Sells, Samantha Sauer and Samantha Noteboom.

The culmination of Sunday's O'Brien County Fair royalty contest was a dream come true for Paige Dagel.

The rural Sanborn teen was picked as the 2020 fair queen from a field of eight other competitors. Dagel is the first O'Brien County Fair Queen from Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School since 2012, when Alexa Albert, of Hartley, won the crown.

"It was a shocker," said Dagel. "I've dreamed about this since I was a little kid."

Dagel has deep roots at the O'Brien County Fair. She's heavily involved in 4-H and FFA, and shows rabbits, cattle and swine in addition to participating in communication...

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