2019 Missouri State Fair Queen Chloe Momphard attended Sunday's Military Appreciation Day at the Mathewson Exhibition Center along with her mother Margaret.

But this was not Chloe's first time at the event. She attended last year as an FFA State Officer.

“It was unbelievable, it's something that's always emotional, but it's also very necessary. We do need to thank the troops and the veterans and their families that help keep our nation the way it is, you know. Our freedom is because of them,” Queen Chloe said, adding that both her grandfathers served in the US Army.

Serving as queen of the 2019 Missouri State Fair has been a full-time job so far for the 19-year-old from Troy who is studying to be become a veterinarian (Animal Science Pre-Vet) as a sophomore at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“It's been amazing, it's been go, go, go ever since I was crowned (Sept. 8), but I'm loving every second of it and taking it all in,” Momphard said.

The State Fair Queen's schedule for the rest of the week is full, with numerous appearances at various livestock shows, exhibits, concerts, meet-and-greets and more. But Momphard said she looks forward to it, as well as appearances across the state in the coming year.

“I'm very excited for that. I'm going to attend as many festivals and fairs as possible,” she said, “to continue advocating for agriculture and sharing what our industry is all about.”

Miss Momphard entered the contest as Miss Lincoln County and is the daughter of Doug & Margaret Momphard of Troy.

Momphard is a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, a former Missouri FFA State Officer, a member of the Mizzou Top 14, and a member of the Pre-Vet Club. In her community, she is involved in 4-H and the Troy FFA Chapter.