Mizzou Student Crowned 2023 Missouri State Fair Queen
Miss Kelsey Miller, a student at the University of Missouri, was named the 2023 Missouri State Fair Queen yesterday and will reign over the remaining State Fair events, and also serve as an ambassador for the State Fair and Missouri Agriculture throughout the coming year.
As Queen, Miller, 18, receives a $2,000 scholarship to continue her education. She entered the competition for State Fair Queen as Miss Northeast FFA expo. Miss Miller is from Jonesburg and is the daughter of Bill and Jennifer Miller.
She is no stranger to the Missouri State Fair either. She enjoys showing her cattle and rabbits each year at the Fair, works in the Beef House, and displays her exhibits in both the 4-H and FFA buildings.
According to a press release from the Missouri State Fair, she is looking forward to "Meeting new people and getting to talk to those both in agriculture and outside of it." According to the Missouri State Fair, her favorite fair tradition is finding the best-fried Oreo stand.
Participants in the queen pageant are judged in multiple areas including interview, speech, talent, and evening gown.
2023 Miss La Plata FFA Representative Audrey Belfield was named first runner-up and she receives a $1,000 scholarship. The second runner-up went to Miss Concordia FFA, Alice Reid, who receives a $500 scholarship, and the Third runner-up went to Miss Sheep Producers Representative, Rachel Ancell, who receives a $350 scholarship. Lilli Hendrix, Miss Missouri Cooper County, was the fourth runner-up and receives a $250 scholarship.