Nine Mabel-Canton-area young women are ready to participate in the upcoming Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days Queen contest. Nine juniors from Mabel-Canton will be participating in the program and judging next Wednesday prior to the Queen’s Banquet that evening. Coronation will be held on Saturday afternoon following the parade on the stage on Steam Engine Grounds. From left, are Connor Benson, Alyssa Tangen, Taylor Richardson, Emma Wathier, Sami Loppnow, Megan Melbostad, Brittany Quam, Delanie Davis and Hannah Underbakke. Look inside for more information about this year’s queen candidates and Little Miss Mabel candidate, Kinley Soiney, not shown. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD
Nine Mabel-Canton-area young women are ready to participate in the upcoming Hesper-Mabel Steam Engine Days Queen contest. Nine juniors from Mabel-Canton will be participating in the program and judging next Wednesday prior to the Queen’s Banquet that evening. Coronation will be held on Saturday afternoon following the parade on the stage on Steam Engine Grounds. From left, are Connor Benson, Alyssa Tangen, Taylor Richardson, Emma Wathier, Sami Loppnow, Megan Melbostad, Brittany Quam, Delanie Davis and Hannah Underbakke. Look inside for more information about this year’s queen candidates and Little Miss Mabel candidate, Kinley Soiney, not shown. HEATHER KLEIBOER/NEWS-RECORD

As Steam Engine Days quickly approach, nine young women from the Mabel and Hesper area have chosen to be candidates for the 2014-2015 Steam Engine Days Queen.

These young ladies will be participating in their judging and banquet events on Wednesday evening, Sept. 3, at the St. Olaf Church in Mabel. The girls will be in the Steam Engine Days parade on Saturday, Sept. 6, and coronation will be held immediately following the parade on the stage in the Steam Engine Grounds.

The banquet will feature master of ceremonies Greg Wennes with special guests Dee Ann Erickson, president of the Mabel Business Association, and Mayor Brian Street. Dinner will be served by the St. Olaf Altar Society and the Rev. Mary Waudby will lead the invocation.

Judges for this year's queen contest are Sarah Wanless and Nicki Johnson.

The outgoing court includes Queen Taylor Adkins, daughter of Cristal and Paul Adkins; First Attendant Sara Vettleson-Trutza, daughter of Julie Vettleson and Steven Trutza; Second Attendant Stephanie Phillips, daughter of Stacy Phillips and the late Brian Phillips; and Little Miss Mabel Lydia Vatland, daughter of Kevin and Joanie Vatland.

The candidates for the 2014-2015 court, their parents and their sponsors are listed below.

Connor Benson is the daughter of Rick Benson and Tracy Auns and is being sponsored by Brenda’s Boutique.

Delanie Davis is the daughter of Jim and Kristie Davis and is being sponsored by Larson Well Drilling.

Sami Loppnow is the daughter of Chad and Chris Loppnow and is being sponsored by Gjere Construction.

Megan Melbostad is the daughter of Steve and Sheila Melbostad and is being sponsored by Mengis Funeral Home.

Brittany Quam is the daughter of Amanda Quam and Jeff Torgerson and is sponsored by Holland Accounting.

Taylor Richardson is the daughter of Dennis and Jody Solberg and Scott Richardson. She is sponsored by KVIK Radio.

Alyssa Tangen is the daughter of Kristi Vreeman and Jim Tangen and is sponsored by Green Lea Senior Living.

Hannah Underbakke is the daughter of Craig and Bobbie Sue Underbakke and is being sponsored by Morken Auto Sales.

Emma Wathier is the daughter of Dominic and Kathy Wathier and is sponsored by Steuart Laboratories.

Along with the Steam Engine Days Queen and her attendants, a Little Miss Mabel will also be selected during this year's coronation ceremony. This year, only one young lady is running for the title of Little Miss Mabel and that is Kinley Soiney, daughter of Troy and Trisha Soiney.

Coordinators for the queen banquet and program are Kirsten Wyffels and Amy Bergey. Little Miss coordinators are Wyffels, Kleiboer and Makaila Kelly.