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Quartet Of 4-H’ers Vye For Palo Alto Fair Queen Title

By Staff | Jul 21, 2009

When the 2009 edition of the Palo Alto County Fair opens on Thursday, July 23, part of the festivities will include the crowning of the 2009 Palo Alto County Fair Queen. This year, four young women will be competing for the honor of serving as the Fair Queen and representing Palo Alto County at the Iowa State Fair in August.

The Queen coronation will be part of a varied program set for the first evening of the fair, which starts with the Palo Alto County Extension Council and 4-H Foundation’s BBQ, beginning at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., a special program of recognition for the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation is planned to help dedicate the new open-air pavilion on the fairgrounds. The crowning of the Clover Kid King and Queen will take place at 6:30, and will be followed by the introduction of the four queen candidates at 7 p.m. A brief 4-H Style Show and presentation of special 4-H Awards will follow, and installation ceremonies for newly elected members of the Palo Alto County 4-H Council will take place at 7:30 p.m.

The 2009 Fair Queen coronation will take place at 7:45 p.m. and the evening’s activities will conclude with the annual 4-H Share the Fun contest at 8 p.m.

Here are the four young women who will vye for the honor of Palo Alto County Fair Queen.

Kristin Wirtz is the daughter of Fred and Patsy Wirtz of West Bend. A 2009 graduate of West Bend-Mallard High School, Kristin has been involved in Drill Team, Band, Choir, Quiz Bowl, Cheerleading, JETS, Speech and Drama. A member of the National Honor Society, Kristin also served as Captain of the Pacesetters’ drill team and was Senior Class President, as well as being honored with selection as Class of 2009 Valedictorian and Governor’s Scholar Award Winner.

In the community, Kristin has been committed to community service since childhood. She has worked for the Bloodmobile drives, gone Christmas Caroling, cleaned the Rodman Town Hall, worked to re-sod the historical Sod House in West Bend, and participated in community beautification projects, such as planting flowers in both West Bend and Rodman. Kristin has also volunteered in her school, helping with elementary and middle school projects, as well as serving as a Bible School teacher. She also works at the Grotto Café and works for family members.

Kristin has been very involved in 4-H activities as a member of the Fern Valley 4-H’ers, serving on the Palo Alto County Youth Council in addition to exhibiting numerous projects. During her nine-year 4-H career, Kristin has received over 130 blue ribbons for her projects and exhibits and was awarded the Danforth “I Dare You” Award. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys reading, singing, biking and hanging out with friends. She plans to attend the University of Iowa this Fall with an open major.

Megan Klootwyk is the daughter of Kent and Ronia Klootwyk of Emmetsburg. A senior at Emmetsburg High School, Megan has been active in volleyball, show choir, concert choir, softball, football and wrestling cheerleading. She has earned recognition and outstanding ratings in vocal contest performances during high school and is a multiple letter winner as a cheer squad member.

Megan is a member of the Impulse Dance Team, a member of the puppet ministry team of the United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg and is employed at the Pizza Ranch Restaurant in Emmetsburg.

As a member of the Cantering 4-H’ers, Megan is also a member of the Palo Alto County Youth Council. In her spare time, Megan enjoys riding her horse, Walter, and hanging out with her friends. Megan plans to graduate in May of 2010 and attend college.

Laura Smith is the daughter of Vern and Rose Smith of Curlew. A 2009 graduate of West Bend-Mallard High School, Laura has been involved in volleyball, basketball and track, along with cheerleading, speech and drama, band, weightlifting and the SAQ program. She has earned multiple letters in volleyball, basketball and track, as well as earning special honors in track and field.

In the community, Laura has headed up fundraising efforts for a classmate’s family, volunteers in the WBM Kindergarten, and is an active member of St. Mary’s Church in Mallard, where she lectors and serves, as well as sings in the choir and plays the piano, along with participating in CCD activities.

Laura works on the family farm, where she has learned the full gamut of farm life, from vaccinating cattle to helping build fence, fieldwork and constructing buildings.

A member of the Ayrshire Beavers 4-H Club, Laura is also a member of the Palo Alto County Youth Council and has assisted in numerous activities in 4-H, received countless awards, including merit awards, citizenship awards and leadership awards, including the R.W. Ashby Award this past year. Laura plans to attend Iowa State University to major in Early Childhood Education.

Amber Vonnahme is the daughter of Dan and Darla Vonnahme of Algona. A 2009 graduate of West Bend-Mallard High School, Amber was involved in Newsriting, Large Group Speech, Drill Team, Football and Basketball Cheerleading, FFA member and President, and was a member of the National Honor Society, where she served as President. Amber earned honors as Student of the Month, Wolverine Weekly Editor, Pacesetter Leadership Award, Pacesetter of the Year Award, Pacesetter Service Award and two-time winner of Pacesetter Scholarship Awards.

In the community, Amber has participated in numerous community service projects through her participation in the Pacesetter Drill Team, as well as the Hawkeye FFA and membership in 4-H. Amber works at the Fareway Stores in Algona and also at the family business, Algona Livestock Auction, LLC, cleaning and working with the livestock.

A member of the Fern Valley 4-H’ers and the former Mallard Fliers 4-H club, Amber has been active in 4-H for nine years, showing cattle in market beef classes and most recently in the breeding beef production class. In her spare time, Amber enjoys swimming, being with her family, handing out with her friends, talking on the phone, dancing, texting, singing and joking around. Amber plans to attend the University of Northern Iowa to major in Marketing.