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Kathryn Tuel competes in Missouri State Fair Queen Pageant

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Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 3:11 pm

Kathryn Tuel, this year’s Tri-County Fair Queen, represented the community in the Missouri State Fair Queen Pageant in Sedalia this past Thursday and Friday. The pageant consisted of three competitions spanning two days. Kathryn was one of 57 contestants throughout the state who participated in the pageant. She was one of only a few girls from the entire southwest Missouri region.

The Pageant contest started early Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. Kathryn was interviewed privately by a panel of five judges. The interview competition was round robin style, with timed one-on-one questions. She was asked a series of questions pertaining to agriculture, State Fair history, her views on different topics such as Amendment 1 and challenges facing today’s youth. She was also asked questions about her interests, goals, etc.

Thursday afternoon was the talent/speech portion of the competition. Kathryn performed a tap dance that she and her sister choreographed. Her routine was to the song Friday Night by Eric Pasley. She was judged on appearance, use of stage, interest and confidence. Her talent was required to be no more than two minutes. She received second place overall in the talent portion of the competition. Kathryn has been taking dance under the direction of Janelle Sanders of Dance Unlimited for the past 11 years, four of those years she has studied Tap.

Thursday night, all of the contestant enjoyed the Scotty McCreery concert and fireworks.

Friday morning consisted of tours of the State Fairground, a photo shoot in the Botanical Garden and photos with the Highway Patrol and the State Fair Fire Department. Friday afternoon was the final portion of the Queen competition-Evening Gown. She was judged on grace, poise and choice of gown.

After the competition, Kathryn and her family enjoyed some ‘down time’ experiencing the State Fair on Friday night and Saturday. She also enjoyed the different exhibits and watching competitions. Kathryn thoroughly enjoyed her entire experience at the State Fair and felt she did her best representing the area. She feels the experience has opened doors for her future.

She is proud of be the 2014 Tri-County Fair Queen and is looking forward to representing the community in that capacity. She will be representing the Tri-County Fair in the Christmas Parade this year. When asked about her favorite part of the Tri-County Fair in June, Kathryn stated that she enjoyed handing out the ribbons to the contestants and meeting new people from the surrounding communities. When asked about the State Fair, she said it was such a wonderful learning experience. She met new people and made some good contacts.

Kathryn is so appreciative of the support she has been given by way of encouragement, prayers and monetary donations to help off-set the cost of her trip to Sedalia.

Kathryn is the daughter of Richard and Nancy Tuel. She is beginning her senior year of high school. After graduation, Kathryn plans to go into the field of Physical Therapy. She enjoys dancing, being outdoors, hunting and participating in bow shoots. Kathryn works at her mother’s “paint your own pottery studio”-Your Art’s Desire in Mountain Grove. She is a member of the First Baptist Church of Mountain Grove and is active in the youth group.