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Westergard represents Plymouth County at Iowa State Fair

Posted August 13, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Akron-Westfield student and Plymouth County Fair Queen Cali Westergard, 17, of Ireton, is introduced during the Iowa State Fair Queen Coronation Ceremony on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 9. Cali follows in the tradition of her sisters who have participated in the State Fair Queen contest: Cayla (2004), first runner-up; Carissa (2007); and Caine (2009), queen. Elizabeth Glover, Clay County, was named the 2014 Iowa State Fair Queen, Megan Andersen, Grundy County, was named first runner-up, Amber Neisius, Cherokee County, was named second runner-up and Emily Pattee, Shelby County, was named third runner-up. Brooklyn Plagge, Franklin County, was given the Outstanding Leadership Award.

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