Ashley Bauer from Warrenton was crowned the 2013 Missouri State Fair Queen in the Friday, Aug. 9 coronation service held in the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the fairgrounds.
Miss Bauer will reign over the remaining State Fair events and be an ambassador for the Missouri State Fair and agriculture throughout the coming year. She is Miss Warren County, and is the daughter of Todd and Suzanne Bauer.
Contestants vying for the crown were judged in multiple areas including interview, speech, talent and evening gown. Miss Bauer received the highest score out of 64 contestants in the evening gown competition and was crowned by the 2012 Missouri State Fair Queen, Emily Wood of Palmyra.
â€śThis is absolutely unfathomable. I am honored to be the representative for my hometown and the state of Missouri,â€ť Miss Bauer said. â€śIt is very meaningful to see all of the hard work between myself and my support system be rewarded with such a great honor. I look forward to spending a fantastic 10 days with the people attending the Missouri State Fair.â€ť
Miss Bauer is 19 years old and studies Business Administration, Equine General Studies, with a concentration in equine assisted therapy at William Woods University. As Queen, Miss Bauer will receive a $1,500 scholarship to continue her education.
McKensie Garber, representing Hale FFA Alumni received first runner-up and a $500 scholarship. Second runner-up went to Roberta Burns, Miss Monroe County 4-H, who will receive a $250 scholarship.
The third runner-up honor went to Hillary Snyder, representing Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) Collegiate Farm Bureau, who will receive a $200 scholarship, and the fourth runner-up honor went to Loren Fox, Miss North Central Missouri, who will receive a $100 scholarship.
Recognition certificates went to contestants ranking highest in each of the four competitive categories: Hillary Snyder, received top ranking in Interview; Ashley Bauer received top ranking in Evening Gown; Roberta Burns received top ranking in Speech; and Ashleigh Lutz, Miss Howard County, received top ranking in Talent.