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Naturalization ceremony welcomes more than 50 people from two dozen countries

Adults and kids from 24 different countries received their citizenship certificates Thursday, on Day 1 of the 2021 fair.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Fifty-three people received their citizenship certificates Thursday at a ceremony at the Iowa State Fair.

The new citizens came from 24 different countries, including Mexico, Ethiopia and Brazil.

"I get to marry who I really want to marry, I get to like whoever I want to like so that is the biggest thing for me," said Sophie Feahn, who is from Côte d'Ivoire.

The people naturalized on Day 1 of the 2021 fair had already obtained citizenship. They did so through their parents, being adopted by U.S. citizens or being born abroad to a U.S. citizen.

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Both booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day of the fair.

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