Shelby Ringdahl, Miss Missouri 

Thirty-six girls from across the area will vie for crowns in six categories in Saturday’s annual Miss Texas County Scholarship Pageant.

The younger girls will compete at 1 p.m. inside the community building at the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Fairgrounds. The outstanding teen and Miss Texas County titles will be decided at 6 p.m.

Shelby Ringdahl, former Miss Texas County 2012 and a top 12 finalist last month in the Miss America contest, will emcee the pageant.

Contestants in the tiny, little, petite and preteen categories will compete in private interview, talent, party dress and for the first time “Show Us Your American Spirit.” Director Shari McCallister says talents range from piano, dance – lyrical, jazz, tap, ballet pointe, pop and native dance along with singing, signing, cheer and much more. Winners in the afternoon show will receive gift cards and the chance to go to the Misses of Missouri Pageant next summer in Mexico, Mo. All contestants in the afternoon show will receive a tiara, T-shirt and trophy.  

The miss and outstanding teen contestants will compete in private interview, on-stage question, talent and lifestyle/physical fitness. The will compete next June 2014 for the state titles of Missouri.

The Miss Texas County Scholarship Pageant is a preliminary to the Miss Missouri/Miss Missouri’s Outstanding Teen – Miss America programs, which are the world’s leading scholarship pageant. Scholarships are provided by The Bank of Houston, Progressive Ozark Bank, Landmark Bank, Community Bank N.A., Southern Missouri Investments – Jim Bukowsky, Farmers Insurance Group – Cynthia Jones Ramsey of Willow Springs, Burch Insurance, VIP Properties and Delbert and Elaine Campbell.

For more information, contact McCallister at 417-260-0024 or visit   

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