Ruthie Carpenter, a junior at Southwest Baptist University, in Bolivar, Mo., was chosen as the 2018 Miss Missouri Outdoors.

A Marion County woman has added another title to her resumé — Miss Missouri Outdoors.

The 2018 Miss Missouri Outdoors pageant was held on Saturday, Dec. 2, in Jackson, Mo. During the contest, five new queens were named. Ruthie Carpenter, a junior at Southwest Baptist University, in Bolivar, Mo., was chosen as the 2018 Miss Missouri Outdoors. She is the daughter of Mark and Carolyn Carpenter of rural Taylor.

Carpenter is no stranger to being a titleholder, in 2015 she was selected as Miss Marion County.

“I am so excited to learn more about the beautiful Show-Me State in the upcoming year by traveling all across the state I am proud to call home,” Carpenter said. “I've also been humbled with the opportunity to return back to the Missouri State Fair in August to represent Missouri Tourism as their contestant for State Fair Queen.”

As queens, the various titleholders travel throughout the state of Missouri making appearances, educating others on what Missouri has to offer, and helping non-profit organizations. The organization also supports the armed services members, veterans, and police/emergency teams and their families.

Carpenter’s platform – Blue Jackets, Bright Futures: Advocating for Agricultural Education — was chosen from her time at Palmyra High School. She was a three-year member of Palmyra’s FFA chapter and credits her involvement in FFA as key experiences that have helped form her to who she is today.

“I have seen the impact of agricultural education and the National FFA Organization firsthand and believe that it is a very important topic to be taught in school,” she said. “I will continue promoting this platform throughout my year as Miss Missouri Outdoors.”

Carpenter said she looks forward to making appearances, helping no-profits with fundraisers, and continuing to grow her platform. She will be competing in the 2018 Missouri State Fair Queen contest in August 2018.