The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

A queen from Royal

Gabbi Carpenter wins Clay County Fair crown


May 6, 2021


Participants in the 2021 Clay County Fair Queen competition, pictured from left to right: Kaylee Iedema, Lizzy Findling, Queen Gabbi Carpenter, First Runner-Up Shayler Van Gelder, Jazmine Edwards and Elisabeth Wallace.

Residents of Royal might want to consider changing the town's slogan.

Known as "A Prince of a Community," the city is now home to a queen. Gabbi Carpenter on Sunday was picked from a field of six candidates to serve as the new Clay County Fair Queen. She is the first fair royalty in the county since 2019, as the coronavirus pandemic canceled festivities last year.

Carpenter, 19, is the daughter of Mel and Rick Brichta. She attended Clay Central/Everly High School prior to its closure in 2019, participating in FFA, volleyball, basketball, track, choir, fall play, musical and 4-H. She then pu...

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