COLUMBIA — The 2011 Boone County Fair Royalty Competition crowned a new princess, teen queen and queen, all from Boone County on Friday evening.
Nicole Shoop was named queen; Kassie Rankin was named teen queen; and Faith Wright was named princess.
Princess contestants ranged from ages seven to 11, teen queens 12 to 16, and queens from 17 to 22.
For the princess and teen queen competitions, an evening gown walk was first, followed by an on-stage question.
Queen contestants began by presenting either a talent or a speech, moved on to the evening gown walk and ended with a question. Four finalists were chosen and given a final question from last year's queen, Amy Wilsdorf.
The 10 teen queen contestants began with an evening gown walk and then a different question was given to each girl, by last year’s winner Jordan Dinyer.
Questions ranged from "Why are you are interested in the history of the Titanic?," to "What about your sister makes her your role model?"
After the question portion, Jordan thanked her friends and family for giving her the courage to compete, and then the girls gathered on stage for the awards.
Miss Congeniality was awarded to Kelly Wilsdorf, sister of last year's Boone County Fair Queen. Paige Lance-Johnson was named second runner-up; Kelly Wilsdorf named first runner-up; and Kassie Rankin was named teen queen.
Before announcing the 2011 queen, Amy Wilsdorf gave her farewell speech and gave the following advice to those contestants who wouldn’t win:
“Those who don’t win, try, try again, no matter if you come in second, fifth, or dead stinking last.”
Third runner-up Taulor Bunch, received a $250 scholarship, and second runner-up, Haley Hall, received a $500 scholarship.
Williams was announced as first runner-up and received a $700 scholarship.
Shoop's family and friends cheered as she was announced queen. She received a $1,000 scholarship from sponsor Custom Complete Automotive and an invitation to compete in the Missouri State Fair in August. She plans to attend Moberly Area Community College in the fall.