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Amber Is Crowned 2009 Fair Queen

By Staff | Jul 28, 2009

QUEEN AND COURT -- The 2009 Fair Queen and her court at the Palo Alto County Fair. Amber Vonnahme (right) was crowned Fair Queen and her court includes (from the left) Kristin Wirtz, Megan Klootwyk and Laura Smith. The four young ladies could be found helping with many activities and shows throughout the weekend at the fair. Amber will represent Palo Alto County at the Iowa State Fair in August. --Jane Whitmore photo

Fern Valley 4-H club member Amber Vonnahme is the 2009 Palo Alto County Fair Queen. She spent the weekend reigning over the fair and handing out ribbons at livestock exhibitions. Amber is the daughter of Dan and Darla Vonnahme of Algona and a graduate of West Bend-Mallard High School.

The Royal Court includes Kristin Wirtz, a member of the Fern Valley 4-H Club, who is proud to be a farmer’s daughter, not afraid to get her hands dirty; Laura Smith, a member of the Ayrshire Beavers 4-H Club, who plans to attend Iowa State University this fall; and Megan Klootwyk, a member of the Cantering 4-H’ers, who enjoys horseback riding and hanging out with friends.

The girls were judged on their application, interview with the judges, personality and poise, appearance, and their answer to an on-stage question from the judges.

Amber was asked about her ag-related activities, which she enjoyed the most, and how that will help her in the future. She responded that most of her ag-related experiences have been through the 4-H Palo Alto County Council.

“We feel like leaders and we show that it’s fun to be in 4-H,” Amber said. She gained valuable leadership experience from the experience.

Megan was asked about her involvement in many groups, and the characteristic of being a role model. She responded she is able to speak out and help others, get their opinions, listen and share ideas. Megan is the daughter of Kent and Ronia Klootwyk and she will be a senior at Emmetsburg High School.

Kristen was asked about her involvement in the community. She responded that her mother had instilled in her a sense of commitment to the community. “It’s so important. My mom gave to much to the community and got so much back,” said Kristin. “In rough times, they’re there for you.” Kristin is the daughter if Fred and Patsy Wirtz and a graduate of West Bend-Mallard High School.

Laura was asked about her leadership experience. She referred to serving on the 4-H County Council. “You learn to take charge when need, and be able to be a good leader.”

Laura is the daughter of Vern and Rose Smith of Curlew and a graduate of West Bend-Mallard High School.

Bridget Rouse, 2008 Palo Alto County Fair Queen, crowned the new queen. She said her main duty at last year’s fair was to see a lot of different shows and hand out a lot of different ribbons.

Bridget represented Palo Alto County at the Iowa State Fair. “I’ve never been around so many girls in crowns and sashes,” she said. “It has been a great year.”

Queen Amber handed out ribbons and received a few, too, at this year’s county fair. She earned blue ribbons at the beef show. And, she was surprised with a bottle lamb to show in Senior Showmanship competition.

Amber Vonnahme will represent Palo Alto County at the 2009 Iowa State Fair in August.