A Branson West native was crowned Miss Texas County 2014 during Saturday’s annual pageant.

Mackenzie Mattix took the top honor during the Miss Texas County Scholarship Pageant held inside the community building at the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Fairgrounds. More than 250 people attended shows that were split into afternoon and evening sessions.

Alexis Fuwell of Houston, who sang “Girl On Fire” during the talent competition, was crowned Miss Texas County’s Outstanding Teen. A new title, Miss Southern Missouri’s Outstanding Teen, was awarded to Madison Horner of Cassville. Ashlee King of Raymondville was first runner-up in the teen competition.

Mattix tap danced to “Sing, Sing, Sing” as part of winning performance as she was crowned Miss Texas County. Hanna Runyon was runner-up.

Shelby Ringdahl, former Miss Texas County and the reigning Miss Missouri, was the emcee of the pageants. 

Winners in the afternoon shows were:

  • Tiny Miss Texas County: Sara Jones, winner; Brylee Welch, first runner-up; Ava Walker, second runner-up.
  • Tiny photogenic: Haylee Ammons, winner; Arabella Altman, first runner-up.
  • Little Miss Texas County: Katy Evans, winner; Secret Barrett, first runner-up.
  • Little photogenic: Katy Evans, winner; Sammy Bowin and Secret Barrett, first runners-up; Allie Campbell, second runner-up.
  • Petite Miss Texas County: Katelyn Smith, winner; Emma Ball, first runner-up; Morgan Farris, second runner-up; Betty Jo Roberts, third runner-up.
  • Petite photogenic: Katelyn Smith, winner; Emma Ball, first runner-up; Kierra Wiggs and Morgan Farris, second runners-up; Zenobia Swan, third runner-up.
  • Preteen Miss Texas County: Elizabeth Turpin, winner; Kaylen Gramlich, first runner-up.

Winners in every category are eligible to represent the county next summer in Mexico, Mo., to win state titles. Scholarships were sponsored by The Bank of Houston, Progressive Ozark Bank, Community Bank N.A., Landmark Bank, V.I.P. Properties, Burch Insurance, Delbert and Elaine Campbell, Cynthia Jones of Farmers Insurance Group in Willow Springs and Jim Bukowsky of Southern Missouri Investments.

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