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SAMANTHA NELSON OF HIGBEE CROWNED 2018 MISSOURI STATE FAIR QUEEN

Samantha Nelson is honored to be reigning as the 2018 Missouri State Fair Queen. Samantha is the daughter of Neil & Angie Nelson of Higbee, Missouri. She graduated from Higbee High School in May 2018 as the class president. Growing up in a small town, she appreciates the relationships she has with others. She was crowned as the Howard County Fair Queen in June 2018, which made her eligible to compete at the State Fair.

Samantha now attends Moberly Area Community College in the RN (Registered Nurse) program. Upon graduation, Samantha plans to continue her education at a University to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and eventually a Master of Science in Nursing. She chose the nursing career after being drawn to the ability to help those in need. Samantha feels that her ability to stay calm in high stress situations has benefited not only her competing for the queen contests, but will also benefit her in the nursing field.

Samantha has attended the Missouri State Fair every year of her life either as an exhibitor with 4-H exhibits or as a spectator. Samantha has always enjoyed the energy at the Fairgrounds. Whether it be in the show barns, on the Ferris wheel, shopping in the buildings or enjoying a concert, there is an energy and happiness that makes you feel right at home. The Fair has always been a place of memories with her family and friends, making her a lifelong supporter.

Samantha lives on a farm and has been active in her local 4-H and FFA. Since a young age, she has assisted her family in raising swine, beef and harvesting hay. She understands that agriculture is the heartbeat of the state of Missouri and wants to use this year as an opportunity to travel the state to visit festivals & fairs to thank and encourage those currently working in the agriculture industry and promote education about agriculture to anyone else willing to listen. As the knowledge of agriculture is essential for everyone, especially Missourians, she plans to represent and advocate the importance of agricultural knowledge. She also wants to be able to share with everyone her experiences as the 2018 Missouri State Fair Queen, as well as educating them and open their eyes to all that the Missouri State Fair has to offer.

(Find the Official 2018 State Fair Queen Photo on Flickr. Caption – Miss Samantha Nelson of Higbee was crowned the 2018 Missouri State Fair Queen in a ceremony held Thursday, Aug. 9, during the annual State Fair in Sedalia. Miss Nelson is the 18-year-old daughter of Neil and Angie Nelson and is a sophomore at Moberly Area Community College).

Past Missouri State Fair Queens

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2017
Natalie Ayers
Green City
Queen_2016-small
2016
Lani Ogle
Sarcoxie
Queen_2015-small
2015
Destiny Reed
Palmyra
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2014
Hannah Keene
Warrenton
queen_2013
2013
Ashley Bauer
Warrenton
queen_2012
2012
Emily Wood
Palmyra
queen_2011
2011
Meredith Jones
Dawn
queen_2010
2010
Megan Westhoff
Memphis
queen_2009
2009
Samantha Wilkerson
Paris
queen_2008
2008
Whitney Wallace
Clinton
queen_2007
2007
Katie Allen
Marceline
queen_2006
2006
Tyne Morgan
Lexington
queen_2005
2005
Megan Perry
Bethel
queen_2004
2004
Leah Reid
Sweet Springs
queen_2003
2003
Staci Holland
Halfway
queen_2002
2002
Kelly Rohlfing
Fayette
queen_2001
2001
Amanda Dyke
Moberly
queen_2000
2000
Carrie Cowgill
Columbia
queen_1999
1999
Lori Reid
Sweet Springs
queen_1998
1998
Cheri Thornhill
Troy
queen_1997
1997
Denette Roderick
Lebanon
queen_1996
1996
Tracey Reynolds
Queen City
queen_1995
1995
Shelly Beemer
Chillicothe
queen_1994
1994
Lisa Stottlemyre
Trenton
queen_1993
1993
Amy Schneider
Fayette
queen_1992
1992
Leann Murphy
Hannibal
queen_1991
1991
Amber Green
Steelville
queen_1990
1990
Nina Kay Donovan
Holiday Shores
queen_1989
1989
Sarah Shively
Shelbyville
queen_1988
1988
Sheryl Huecker
Bunceton
queen_1987
1987
Paige Schroeder
Marshall
queen_1986
1986
Wendi Elliott
New Cambria
queen_1985
1985
Mary Hamilton
Carthage
queen_1984
1984
Katherine Mitchell
Lexington
queen_1983
1983
Laurie Ann Engle
Maryville
queen_1982
1982
Barbara Webster
Jefferson City
queen_1981
1981
Connie Freese
Salisbury
queen_1980
1980
Teresa Bilyeu
Springfield
queen_1979
1979
Janice Welter
Oran
queen_1978
1978
Anita Vanetti
Parkville
queen_1977
1977
Susan Wilson
Fredericktown
queen_1976
1976
Monica Huber
Washington
queen_1975
1975
Marilyn Barban
Kirksville
queen_1974
1974
Cynthia Kueck
Columbia
queen_1973
1973
Becky Rives
Paris
queen_1972
1972
Jeanne Thurman
Atlanta
queen_1971
1971
Cherry Barker
Drexel
queen_1970
1970
Ann Bruckerhoff
Hermann
queen_1969
1969
Janet Seals
Tripplet
queen_1968
1968
Raymona Rohlfing
Fayette
queen_1967
1967
Debbie Hansbrough
Monroe City
queen_1966
1966
Leta Jane Bock
Charleston
queen_1965
1965
Karen Womack
Washington
queen_1964
1964
Jennifer Horton
Stockton
queen_1963
1963
Sharon Holt
Kennett
queen_1962
1962
Marsha Marquardt
Independence
queen_1961
1961
Sarabeth Stevens
Palmyra
queen_1960
1960
Jeannie Ennis
Kansas City
queen_1959
1959
Fran Strubberg
Washington
queen_1958
1958
Kay Burns
Caruthersville