County fair queen steps down; runner up crowned

Friday, July 23, 2010 | 11:29 a.m. CDT; updated 12:40 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 2, 2010

COLUMBIA — Melinda Houttuin, who was crowned the Boone County Fair Queen on Wednesday night, resigned Thursday at about 4:35 p.m. for "personal reasons," according to the Fair's General Manager, George Harris.

To his knowledge this is the first time that a queen has ever stepped down in Boone County, said Harris.

Amy Wilsdorf, who was the contest's first runner-up, was crowned the new queen Thursday evening.

"I'm so happy and ecstatic right now," Wilsdorf said.

Wilsdorf said that she called Houttuin and expressed her condolences, though she said she was not aware of her circumstances.

"I know she wanted it really bad," Wilsdorf said.

Wilsdorf plans to attend MU in the fall as a sophomore and said she always dreamed of being a Tiger while growing up in Columbia.

On Thursday, all the contestants that placed were called into a meeting and were, in essence, "bumped up a notch," Harris said.

The new queen expressed that she was thrilled but wished that she was crowned at the Fair on Wednesday.

"I wanted to have that moment," Wilsdorf said.

For now, she accepts the crown and title of the Boone County Fair Queen.

"I have a whole year to represent Boone County," Wilsdorf said, "I could not be happier right now."

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