DES MOINES, IA (08/09/2014)(readMedia)-- Elizabeth Glover, 17, of Clay County was crowned the 2014 Iowa State Fair Queen by Alan Brown, president of the Fair Board. This year's ceremony, which marked the 50th anniversary of the contest, took place on Saturday evening at the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi.

The daughter of Louis and Lois Glover of Spencer, Elizabeth 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, was given the Outstanding Leadership Award. The 17-year-old is the daughter of John and Anne Plagge of Hampton. Lydia Grace Dawley, 17, of Winneshiek County was given the Personality Plus Award. She is the daughter of Nathan and Jacque Dawley of Decorah.

Queen Elizabeth, who will reign for the next year, receives a $2,800 scholarship from the Iowa State Fair in addition to her crown, sash and trophy. She also receives a floral bouquet from Boesen the Florist, a $600 gift card to Jordan Creek Mall and a pair of diamond earrings from B. Shannon Designs.

The first runner-up earns a $1,300 scholarship and $300 gift card to Jordan Creek Mall; the second runner-up wins $700 in scholarship money and a $250 Jordan Creek Mall gift card; and the third runner-up receives a $500 scholarship and $200 Jordan Creek Mall gift card. The Outstanding Leadership recipient wins an $800 Scholarship and a $250 Jordan Creek Mall gift card. The Personality Plus winner receives a $500 scholarship and a $200 Jordan Creek Mall gift card. All members of the Royal Court receive a plaque from the State Fair and a floral bouquet from Boesen the Florist. An anonymous donor graciously provided the Jordan Creek gift cards for the Royal Court.

Judging is based on personality, attitude, awareness, leadership, citizenship, contribution to community, overall appearance, charm and poise.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2014 Iowa State Fair, August 7-17. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit

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