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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 16, 2017

Conger crowned fair queen Wednesday night

Lacey named runner-up, Martin Miss Congeniality
By Nicole Major, Ledger staffed writer | Jun 22, 2017
Photo by: Nicole Major The 2017 Greater Jefferson County Fair Queen candidates are, from left, Mackenzie Martin, Kaitlyn Conger and Kelly Lacey. Conger was crowned county fair queen Wednesday night.

The show arena at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds held a lively crowd of spectators Wednesday evening, who observed firsthand the crowning of Kaitlyn Conger, the 2017 Jefferson County Fair Queen.

“I’m kind of shocked!” Conger admitted about her win, adding that she loved the other two contestants, and that she felt like they were equally deserving of the win.

The 18-year-old daughter of Jason and Shelly Conger of Hedrick, Conger graduated from Pekin High School earlier this year, and she received several college scholarships including one from the Indian Hills Community College Foundation and one from the Pekin Community Scholarship Fund.

Conger plans to attend Indian Hills Community College for dental assisting.

Former queen, Chelsea Lanphier called being queen a “life-changing” event.

She said she knew all three contestants, and that she would have been happy to relinquish her crown to any one of them. Lanphier said that being the fair queen for a year was exciting, but it was more work than just wearing a crown.

“I’ve had so many experiences, but being a Jefferson County Fair Queen was definitely my favorite,” Lanphier told the crowd minutes before she crowned Conger.

Lanphier said she had “grown” during her reigning year, and that she hoped that Kaitlyn would have the same experience.

The other two candidates were 18-year-old Kelly Lacey of Fairfield and 17-year-old Mackenzie Martin of Batavia.

Each girl answered the question posed by emcee Margie Goehring, about an issue they would ask Iowa’s first female governor, Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Conger said that she would ask her to start funding Planned Parenthood to help young girls who didn’t have their families’ support.

Martin said she would ask her to start more county fairs, because they were a positive impact on Iowa’s youth.

Lacey snagged first runner-up for the crown, and Martin snagged miss congeniality.

The Fair Queen contest was sponsored by the Jefferson County Fair Board and through the support of several area businesses.

Lanphier also crowned Mckenna Stacy, who was the proud winner of the Little Miss Competition. Frances Miller was first runner-up.

Mark Goehring emceed the program, and the Fair Queen judges were Jackie Greenfield, Brian Jones and Andrea Burkett.

FHS students Megan Higgins and Devika Pharasi entertained the crowd with several vocal performances throughout the fair queen and Little Miss competitions.

Bidding $550, Rob and Juanita Martin of Fairfield were the highest bidders for the Open Class quilt auction.

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