Three new Marion County queens wore their crowns home from the Marion County Fair in Palmyra on Saturday, July 29.
Gracie Bross was crowned Miss Marion County. A senior at Palmyra High School, she is the daughter of Kerry and Monica Bross of Palmyra. She also won the talent contest with a clogging dance to "Can't Stop the Feeling."
The new Junior Miss Marion County is Rylee Ingram, the daughter of D.D. and Mark Ingram of Palmyra. Delany Huffman was first runner-up in this contest.
Koryn Miller, the 8-year-old daughter of Mike and Sarah Miller of Hannibal, was crowned Pre-Junior Miss Marion County. She also won Miss Congeniality. Koryn did a jazz dance to "Move Your Feet" in the talent contest.
Although Bross was named Miss Marion County, the additional three contestants each received a title.
Kalli Gordanier won first runner-up. She danced in the talent contest. She is a freshman at Culver-Stockton College in Canton.
Miss Congeniality was won by Haley Hamlin. A junior at Palmyra High School, she played the ukulele in the talent contest.
Kierston Holstine was named Miss Photogenic. She is a senior at Palmyra High School and danced in the talent competition.
In the Pre-Junior Miss contest first through fourth runners-up, respectively, were Millie Stewart (also the talent winner), Kelsey Lightle, Gracyn Lucas and Riley Bridges. The People's Choice winner was Lilly Borrowman.
After the contest, retiring Miss Marion County Amanda Lewis, 18, was asked about her experiences. She is a 2017 Palmyra High School graduate and plans to major in music at Central Methodist University. She said sharing her life with people for a past year made her sure she wants to be a band and choir director.
Some of her favorite events were participating in fairs, Taste of Palmyra, Christmas in Palmyra and National Tom Sawyer Days in Hannibal. She enjoyed every event, especially, "interacting with all the kids and seeing smiles on their faces."
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