UPDATE: Tanya Thomas has been reached. Kathy is still trying to contact Shannon Tjaden Chaden.

Kathy Cap organizes the Rice County Fair Queen Coronation each year at the Rice County Fair. Recently Kathy was on KDHL's AM Minnesota program and said that this is the 40th year since it was started. In recognition of that, Kathy has contacted all of the past Rice County Fair Queen Royalty and invited them back to this year's coronation. Well, almost everyone.

Kathy has found and contacted all the past Rice County Fair Queens and second attendants. In addition, Kathy has found 38 of the 40 first attendants Yes, there are two past first attendants Kathy has not been able to find, and we need your help. They are Tanya Thomas, 1994 first attendant, daughter of Bonnie Thomas. Tanya was sponsored by Petricka's County Market. The other is Shannon Tjaden Chaden, 1989 first attendant, daughter of Bill and Charlene Tjaden of Northfield. Ten years ago, Shannon lived in New York. Shannon was sponsored by Kountry Store of Northfield.

If you have any idea how to find these past Rice County Fair Queen first attendants, email me, or call the Rice County Fair office at (507) 332-2470. Kathy has a special program planned for all the past Rice County Fair Queen Royalty and it would be great if they were all included! By the way, the idea 40 years ago to start a Rice County Fair Queen Program came from KDHL's Farm Broadcaster Dean Curtis!