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By Dan Rudy 

It's a royal rumble

Fourth of July Royalty Court contest kicks off


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Recent high school graduate Kimberly Cooper staffs the stand at her booth outside the Elks on Sunday. Running in this year's Fourth of July Queen competition, Cooper plans to raise tuition money for Kenai Peninsula College, where she will study radiology in the fall.

The Fourth of July Festival season began Sunday with the kickoff for this year's Royalty Court contest. The Wrangell Chamber of Commerce (CoC) sponsored a gathering at the Stikine Inn, introducing this year's two candidates, Kimberly Cooper and the Athletic Amateur Union basketball team.

The competition has had teams run for Queen in the past, but CoC director Cyni Waddington explained this year's AAU team will set a first for size: 16 girls in the program will work together to sell tickets and raise money, which will fund next year's Fourth festivities.

Last year's competition raised over...

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