There she is...Miss Boone County

Tuesday, July 20, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:33 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

[Note: this story has been modified since its original posting to correct errors.]

Jessica Dawn Wilson, a third-year student at Moberly Area Community College, was crowned Miss Boone County Monday night.

Wilson, 19, won the title over 10 other contestants and will represent Boone County in the State Fair Queen contest at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia in August.

Rachael Elizabeth Worley, 18, of Hallsville, was first runner-up. Lauren M. Whitney, 20, a junior in broadcast journalism and English at MU, was second runner-up.

Emcee for the pageant was Carrie Bremer, a morning host on KCLR-FM who was Miss Boone County and Miss Missouri in 2000.

Wilson, a hazel-eyed blonde, who has lived in Boone County for 14 years, received the crown and silver tray from Christina Sloan, last year's Miss Boone County. Wilson, a third-year student at Moberly Area Community College, plans to become a veterinary technician and one day open a pet store.

More than 200 people watched the pageant in the multipurpose room of the fairgrounds. The room and stage were simply decorated with blue curtains and a small banner.

"Confidence and a warm heart are important qualifications," said Sloan, a recent graduate of Stephens College. Her advice to the new Miss Boone County: "Just enjoy the title."

The competition is not a beauty pageant, says Jean Sapp of Ashland, who watches the pageant every year. Personality, she says, is the most important qualification, though appearance is still important.

"I love the performance and I just enjoy it," Sapp says. "It's generational. A mother attended the pageant years ago and now the daughter attends. I see the generations here."

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