A new Miss Texas County was crowned Saturday along with several other titles at the annual Miss Texas County pageant.
Ashley Cummins was the winner of the top title of the event held inside the community building at the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Fairgrounds. More than 400 people attended the various shows in which titles were handed out in several categories.
In the evening show, Cummins was named Miss Texas County with Janissa Portincaso as runner-up.
Miss Texas County’s Outstanding Teen was awarded to Athena Hood, Miss Southern Missouri’s Outstanding Teen went to Allisyn Neal with first runner-up Amelia McKinney.
The Miss and Outstanding Teens winners will compete next summer in Mexico, Mo., for the state titles. The young ladies do community service projects throughout the year of their title reigns.
In the afternoon showcase, young girls and boys showcased their many talents. The people’s choice awards were given to Rebekah McGiboney and Abigail Perkins.
Scholarship sponsors for the new Miss Texas County and Southern Missouri titles were provided by The Bank of Houston; Progressive Ozark Bank; Security Bank of the Ozarks; Landmark Bank; V.I.P. Properties; Farmers Insurance Group Willow Springs, Cynthia Jones-Ramsey, agent; Southern Missouri Investments, Jim Bukowsky; and Delbert and Elaine Campbell.
Another fundraiser and mentorship for the ladies happened in the early evening with the new Mrs. Texas County — Cassie Carter being crowned along with Mrs. Southern Missouri Sandra Stow, Mrs. Mid-Missouri Bethany Hopp, Mrs. Piney River Jennifer Depler, Mrs. Ozark Mountains Tiffany Davy and Mrs. Heart of Texas County Emily Doosing.