Local residents vie for fair queen

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Laurel Whitford

 Two Cambridge girls will via for the title of Miss Henry County Fair Queen during the contest to be held starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, in the grandstand at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

 2009 Cambridge High School graduate Laurel Whitford, 18, will participate in the queen pageant and has been involved in FCA, FCCLA, NHS, and was the Good Witch in the high school musical this year. 

 She was co-captain of the dance team and her team received third place at state competition. She enjoys laughing, going on outings, and spending time with friends and family. 

 This fall, she will attend St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, to become a counselor. She is the daughter of Reed and Cheryl Whitford of Cambridge.

 Bethany Nelson, 17, of Cambridge, is also competing in the queen pageant. She is involved in many activities such as, dance, track, choir, the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, an active member in FCCLA and National Honor Society, and working at the local Subway in Cambridge. 

 Many of her interests and hobbies include spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, going to concerts, dancing, watching movies, going on vacations, shopping, eating, working, and being in the sun. 

 Her plans for the future are to graduate high school, attend college and receive her bachelors degree, and to be come a great role model for younger girls. She is the daughter of Brent Nelson and Denise Impens.

 Additional contestants for the pageant include Andrea Hemp­hill of Annawan, Brittany?Anderson and Katelyn Huffman of Galva; Chel­sea Carlson, Angela Da­mitz, Ellie DeMay, Gabrielle Dye, Amy Stuart and Page Wahlig of Geneseo; Kaitlin Christakos, Alyssa Fisher, Megan McInyre, Alexi Strandberg and Valerie Sutton of Kewanee, and Melissa Blu­men­­shein and Amelia Martens of Orion.

Bethany Nelson