This year marks the 41st annual Phelps County Fair Queen pageant contest. Seven women from ages 17 to 20 have their hopes on being crowned this year's fair queen on Wednesday night, July 23, at 6 p.m.
Tina Reagan is the former director for the Phelps County Fair pageants and currently is assisting organizer Stephanie Wilson-Hood with this year's pageants.
"Pageants have a positive contribution for contestants, she said. "They promote self-confidence, public speaking, express talent and poise among other things."
She added that all seven queen of these candidates have their own unique personality, charm, and style.
"I have great respect for all the contestants who compete every year," she said.
This year's contestants include:
Fionna Martin is the perky 17-year-old Irish daughter of Lonnie Martin and Rebecca Howard. Fionna currently resides in St. James with her grandmother, Irene, and will be attending St. James High school as a junior this fall. As one of seven children, she enjoys being part of a large family. Fionna loves the country life, good times, and enjoys being adventurous by trying new things. Her hobbies include breaking horses, mudding and dance. She has a passion for country music and says George Strait is her favorite performer. Her ambition is to make the Marine Corps her life-long career and be the first female-infantry officer.
Kaylee Dawn Knackstedt
Kaylee Dawn Knackstedt is the proud 20-year-old daughter of Mark and Sherry Knackstedt. Growing up on her dad's farm in the small town of Oglesby, Okla., Kaylee enjoyed her childhood with her two sisters Kelsey and Kaitlin Knackstedt and her foster brother Charlie Easley. She is a 2012 graduate of Caney Valley High School, a member of the National Honor Society, Future Farmers of America, student council and many other organizations. Kaylee is currently a junior at Missouri University of Science and Technology where she is a petroleum engineering major. She anticipates to graduate in 2016. She then hopes to find a good job, settle down, start a family and possibly own a small ranch.
Paige Wiese is the proud 18-year-old daughter of Clarence and Tammy Wiese. Paige is a recent graduate from Rolla High School and will be attending East Central College in the fall. She has studied dance since the age of two, spent four years showing her school spirit as a varsity cheerleader. As well she is a strong supporter in her community as shown through her participation in FFA, and representing Rolla as a former Miss Route 66. She believes you should love God and others before you focus on the rest of your life; because without God and the help of family and friends we wouldn't be molded into the people we are today. Paige has the dream of one day becoming a Pro Bull Riding stock contractor.
Megan Janece Studdard
Megan Janece Studdard is the proud 17-year-old daughter of Robert and Anita Studdard. This fall she will be attending Rolla High School as a senior. At school, she is actively involved in many clubs and activities such as the Health Occupations Students of America where she is currently serving as the chapter secretary. She is also part of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America and the National Honor Society. She is a member of the bulldog basketball team and has continued to dance at Stephanie’s School of Dance over the past 12 years. Megan works at Salem Avenue Baptist Child Care where she loves watching, teaching, and playing with the children. Her goal in life is to become a pediatric nurse practitioner where she can always be of assistance to others. In her free time, she en joys playing basketball, dancing, riding horses, fishing and spending time with her family and friends.
Niki Larson is the cheerful 19-year-old daughter of Catherine and Travis Larson. Niki has been dancing since the tender age of two and she competed in dance state-wide more than five years. Niki enjoys dancing as it’s a great way to keep fit in her busy life and is a great form of expression. As a 2013 Rolla High School graduate, Niki was involved in the Health Science Academy, Health Occupations Students of America, and spent four joyous years cheering for the Rolla Bulldogs. Niki has many future goals and has already obtained one by completing the Certified Nursing Assistant program. This fall, she will be attending East Central College and then plans to attend Missouri State University in the spring where she plans to obtain her bachelor’s degree in nursing, specializing in neonatal care. Niki’s future goal is to be a part of helping and guiding youth as they unveil their own mission of personal excellence in the world as they are our future leaders.
Betty Adair is the 20-year-old-daughter of Jackie Adair. Betty is a 2013 graduate of Rolla High School and plans to attend college to become a teacher. Betty wants to teach our future leaders of America. She loves playing baseball and enjoys making origami. She also loves singing, dancing, drawing and painting pictures. She enjoys volunteering her love and support at Rolla Manor Care and Take a Stand Against Child Abuse. Betty enjoys volunteering and helping other people reach their goals in life because she believes reaching your goals is a good way to accomplish what you want. Others describe Betty as a hard worker and a good friend. Betty loves her mom and grandma who do a lot for her. Betty has learned these past several years that life is too short to not make an impact on someone.
Angie is the 20-year-old daughter of Jackie Adair. A 2013 graduate of Rolla High School, she plans to study medicine to become a nurse, or maybe a doctor one day. Angie enjoys dancing and baseball. She also enjoys swimming, taking care of her pets, working with children, fishing and most of all working in the garden with her grandma. Angie’s motto that best describes her is to live life to its fullest; don’t let anything hold you back from your hopes and dreams, anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Angie hopes she can be a role model for other young girls who thought she could never be in a pageant. One of Angie’s philosophies is to always keep a smile on your face. To make someone laugh or smile, whether happy or sad, always brightens anyone’s day.