Jessie Fowler of Vandalia was crowned the 2015 Missouri Beef Queen Jan. 3 at the 47th Missouri Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show at Tan-Tar-A Resort, Lake of the Ozarks. Fowler will receive a $1,000 scholarship as the winner. She is the daughter of Bruce and Martha Fowler and represented the Ralls County Cattlemen’s Association in the contest.

Winning first runner-up and a $500 scholarship was Molly Bertz of Mayview. She is the daughter of Harold and Melissa Bertz and represented the Lafayette County Cattlemen’s Association. The second runner-up and winner of a $250 scholarship was Maria Washburn of King City. She is the daughter of Tony and Jocelyn Washburn and represented the Gentry County Cattlemen’s Association.

Twelve young ladies from across Missouri competed in the 2015 Missouri Beef Queen Contest. In addition to Fowler, Bertz and Washburn, other contestants included Miranda Goetz of Cole Camp, representing Benton County Cattlemen & Cattlewomen and daughter of Dennis and Kim Goetz; Jessica Poisal of Harrisonville, representing Cass-Jackson County Cattlemen and daughter of Bob Poisal and Cindy Tomasic; Laura Bardot of Londell, representing Franklin County Cattlemen and daughter of Roger and Wendy Bardot; Jera Pipkin of Republic, representing Greene County Cattlemen and daughter of Jim and Joann Pipkin; Cassie Shultz of Waynesville, representing Mizzou Collegiate Cattlewomen and daughter of Terry and Sonya Shultz; Ashley Bailey of Mount Vernon, representing Missouri State University Cattlemen and daughter of Gregg and Sandy Bailey; Morgann Gregory of Houstonia, representing Pettis County Cattlemen and daughter of Kevin and Barbara Gregory; Julie Choate of Pleasant Hope, representing Polk County Cattlemen and daughter of Mike and Cathy Choate; Marie McSparen of Moberly, representing Randolph County Cattlemen and daughter of Marla Stegall.

The contest was hosted Jan. 2 at Tan-Tar-A Resort, where the contestants presented speeches and interviewed with a panel of three judges. Judges scored the contestants on knowledge of beef, presentation, appearance, personality and their entry application.

The title of Missouri Beef Queen has, for many years, been a sought-after title for many young ladies involved in the beef industry. In 1980, the first Beef Belle was crowned, and although the name of the title has changed to the Missouri Beef Queen, the tradition of having an ambassador for Missouri’s beef industry at the many livestock shows, conferences, seminars and activities across the state remains the same.

Missouri CattleWomen, in cooperation with the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and the Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation, sponsors the contest. The scholarships are provided by the MCW, MCA and MCF. Other sponsors for the contest included Carolyn Dieckman, Mary Kay Beauty Consultant, Cole Camp, and the Missouri Beef Industry Council.

The Missouri CattleWomen is an auxiliary of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association. It sponsors a variety of programs and activities that focus primarily on the areas of beef promotion and consumer and youth education.

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