The queen competition is the official kick off for the fair season. Each of the four contestants -- including Herrig, Alecia Olsen of Spencer (chosen runner-up), Tori Rayner of Royal, and Elizabeth Halverson of Spencer - were given three minutes for self-expression, and then asked to answer an impromptu question. This year's question was, "What is the most important issue facing youth today?"
"Getting involved. Some people are too nervous, or too shy, but high school is a great opportunity to get involved and discover new interests," Herrig answered.
The Sioux Central student used her self-expression time to give a speech, titled "Once Upon a Time," about a little brown-eyed girl growing up at the Clay County Fair.
Herrig, the daughter of Todd and Tanya Herrig, will have a busy year ahead of her, based on 2012 fair queen Cassandra Galm's final speech, but she's looking forward to it. She's most excited for the concerts that are coming to this year's fair, specifically Chris Young and Thompson Square.
Herrig, who was also runner-up in the 2010 competition, two years ago, will attend Des Moines Area Community College next year for agriculture.