Twenty-seven Miss Missouri candidates, their pageant directors and families will travel to the heart of Missouri June 9 to kick off a week filled with rehearsals, talent performances, interviews and evening gowns at Missouri Military Academy. This year also marks an important milestone for the organization; the 50th anniversary of the event being held in Mexico.

Twenty-seven Miss Missouri candidates, their pageant directors and families will travel to the heart of Missouri June 9 to kick off a week filled with rehearsals, talent performances, interviews and evening gowns at Missouri Military Academy. This year also marks an important milestone for the organization; the 50th anniversary of the event being held in Mexico.

 The Miss Missouri class of 2019 includes Miss Audrain Christina Beard of Eldon. She is the daughter of Dave and Jennifer Beard and is currently a student at Drury University.  Christina’s platform, “See the Able; Not the Label,” focuses on autism awareness and inclusivity. She will play the fiddle for the talent portion of the competition.

 Pageant week will begin with the Miss Missouri Golf Tournament on Sunday, which pairs area golfers with Miss candidates as they raise money for scholarships. Throughout the week, Miss Missouri candidates will also attend various luncheons, events and get togethers outside of the competition to celebrate the pageant's golden anniversary in Mexico.

 The preliminary competition begins Tuesday, June 11 and will continue through Friday, June 14. The organization will crown the new Miss Missouri on Saturday night.  She will have several weeks of pageant planning and preparations before she embarks to compete on the national stage at the Miss America pageant in September. 

 The Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant is one of the largest providers of scholarships to young women in the state. This year, the organization will award $85,000 in scholarships between the Miss and Outstanding Teen programs.

 Tickets for the Miss Missouri and Miss Missouri’s Outstanding Teen Pageants as well as tickets for the week’s special events are available through the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 100 West Jackson Street or by calling 573-581-2765.