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Nine to compete for title of Buchanan County Fair Queen

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Nine young women are competing for the next Buchanan County Fair Queen to be crowned on July 20 at the Buchanan County Fair in Independence.

Each contestant must meet the Iowa State Fair queen rules to qualify. The fair queen must be a resident of Iowa and reside in the county she represents or an adjoining county if the majority of her activities are in that county. She must be an active member of at least one service organization, and she must be at least 16 and not over 21 on or before the first day of the 2006 Iowa State Fair.

County fairs are requested to select their candidates by competition in which personality, leadership, and beauty are judged. The county winner will compete for the Iowa State Fair queen and must agree to accept no other queen titles. The winner will be asked to make public appearances throughout her reign as the fair queen.

The following young women have met the qualifications and have completed the judging for Buchanan County Fair Queen:

Ashley Bonney, 17, is the daughter of Linda Bonney of Oelwein. This fall she will attend Oelwein High School. Her extra curricular activities include FFA, Fontana Friends 4-H Club, band, choir, and being a community volunteer. In her spare time, Ashley also enjoys swimming, mudding, and animals. Her goal for the future is to attend Iowa State University for Veterinary medicine with a minor in music.

Jenna DeHoet, 18, is the daughter of Richard and Linda DeHoet of Jesup. This fall, Jenna will be a freshman at Coe College where she will work towards her goal to become a certified athletic trainer. Jenna participates in 4-H, church youth group, volleyball, basketball manager, golf, band, choir, and works at the Lost Island Water Park. She also enjoys staying in shape and hanging out with friends and family in her spare time.

Hope Gericke, 18, is the daughter of Daryl and Dawn Gericke of Winthrop. Hope will be headed to Kirkwood Community College this fall to work towards a degree in culinary arts and restaurant management. Her extra curricular activities include volleyball, basketball, golf, softball, church youth group, and color guard. Hope also enjoys spending time with family and motor cross racing.

Morgan Johnson, 16, is the daughter of John and Lois Johnson of Winthrop. Her extra curricular activities and community involvement includes the Buffalo Bells 4-H Club, youth county council, Boomerang, speech, band, choir, cheerleading, student council, and church youth group. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, drawing, and music. This fall she will attend East Buchanan High School and her future plan is to attend Iowa State University.

Macey Johnson, 16, is the daughter of Doug and Tammy Johnson of Independence. She attends Independence High School where she participates in speech, musicals, spring play, color guard, mentor programs, and she is a member of Immanuel Lutheran church youth group. Macey also enjoys reading, writing, and being with friends. Her future goal is to open a salon and spa.

Kayla Kehrli is the 16 year old daughter of Ken and Kathy Kehrli of Winthrop. This fall she will attend East Buchanan High School where she is active in volleyball, basketball, golf, softball, band, choir, 4-H, and church youth group. In her spare time, Kayla also enjoys hanging out with friends and working outside. Her goals for the future are to be successful and happy with a large family and husband.

Whitney Lehman is 16 years old and the daughter of Doug and Denise Lehman of Rowley. Whitney attends Independence High School and participates in 4-H, volleyball, track, softball, dance, gymnastics, and speech. She is a member of the Brandon United Methodist youth group, the Brandon Area Community Club, and color guard. She spends her spare time being outside on the farm with her animals, playing sports, and hanging out with friends. Her goal for the future is to attend Iowa State University for veterinary medicine and coaching.

Becky McLaren is the 19 year old daughter of James and Janet McLaren of Independence. This fall she will attend Northeast Iowa Community College to work on a degree in Dairy Science. Her extra curricular activities and community involvement includes 4-H, mentoring, student council, soccer, Dairy Science Club, and Post Secondary Ag Students Club. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her nieces.

Bethany Pint is the 18 year old daughter of Norman and Patricia Pint of Fairbank. Bethany hopes to become a journalist in the future and will work towards this goal at North Iowa Area Community College. Her extra curricular activities have included band, speech, school newspaper, school plays and musicals, 4-H, and FFA. She is a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, works for Fareway and writes for the Oelwein Daily Register. She enjoys writing, friends and family, and shopping.

Please join us as the 2005 Buchanan County Fair Queen Sara Powers crowns the new 2006 Buchanan County Fair Queen at 5:30 pm on Thursday, July 20 in the Black Pavilion at the fair grounds in Independence.

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