Winneshiek County Fair Queen Lydia Dawley won the “personality plus award” during the Iowa State Fair Queen competition in Des Moines Saturday.
Dawley, the 17-year-old daughter of Nathan and Jacque Dawley of Decorah, received a $500 scholarship and a $200 Jordan Creek Mall gift card.
Elizabeth Glover, 17, of Clay County was crowned the 2014 Iowa State Fair Queen by Alan Brown, president of the Fair Board. Saturday’s coronation ceremony, which marked the 50th anniversary of the contest, took place at the Anne and Bill Riley Stage and was sponsored by Pepsi.
The daughter of Louis and Lois Glover of Spencer, Glover was chosen out of the 102 contestants who participated in this year’s competition. All had been crowned queen of their respective county fairs prior to the State Fair.
Megan Andersen, 18, of Grundy County was named first runner-up. She is the daughter of Eric and Darla Andersen of Cedar Falls. Second runner-up was Amber Neisius, 19, of Cherokee County. She is the daughter of Bruce Rainboth and Betty Neisius of Marcus. Emily Pattee, 19, of Shelby County was named third runner-up. She is the daughter of Cindy Pattee of Harlan.
Brooklyn Plagge, of Franklin County, received the “outstanding leadership award.” The 17-year-old is the daughter of John and Anne Plagge of Hampton.
Judging was based on personality, attitude, awareness, leadership, citizenship, contribution to community, overall appearance, charm and poise.