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Ahlers, Bainbridge Reign as Fair Royalty

(LE MARS)--The 2010 Plymouth County Fair Royalty are beginning a reign on a picture perfect day of fair weather.

The 2010 Fair Queen Kristen Ahlers also is Miss Congeniality. She is the daughter of John and Debra Ahlers of rural Le Mars.

"I'd just like to thank you and this is an incredible honor," Ahlers told the crowd in the Pioneer Village Wednesday night after she was crowned. 

The 2010 King is Andy Bainbridge, the son of Tom and Colleen Bainbridge of Kingsley. The Kingsley Krowners 4-Her will  pursue a degree in ag production at Iowa Lakes Community College this fall.  He credited his experience on the 4-H Council as contributing to his fair royalty experience. He'll show sheep at the fair.

The Fair Princess crowns are being worn by Brittany Jaminet, the daughter of Mike and karen Jaminet of rural Le Mars and Holiday Robley, the daughter of Eric and Christina Robley of rural Akron

Named Mr. Personality was Addison Zellmer, the son of Carl and Darla Zellmer of rural Kingsley. Addison is also a Fair Prince. The other Fair Prince is Tyler Vreugenhil, the son of Brad and Deb Vreugenhil of rural Akron.

Fair Board President Terry Reuter honored Dr. John Conley for 50 years of service and dedication as fair veterinarian. "He spends a lot of time out here solving about any problem an animal can have from cattle, hogs, sheep down to the pet show, even," Reuter said."Fifty years went by like five or six years," Dr. Conley said in accepting the golden anniversary honor. He also thanked his wife, Barbra Conley, for assisting him for 35 years.

The newest member of the Plymouth County Fair Hall of Fame is Verl Lehner of Le Mars who has attended the fair for 60 years.  He raised livestock and crops. The green grounds of the fair reflect his dedication to maintenance of the fairgrounds acres on the east edge of Le Mars.

Mild temperatures and opening day of the fair activities filled the grounds with fairgoers. Motocross, a new event,  packed the grandstand.

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