Price named runner-up in queen contest

Monday, August 11, 2003
Lorin Price, center, was one of 10 young women chosen as a runner-up from 55 contestants in the Missouri State Fair Queen contest.

The 2003 Missouri State Fair Queen Contest proved to be a positive learning experience for two Saline County women.

Mindy Montgomery and Lorin Price, both of Marshall, competeted in the pageant, with Price being named fifth runner-up during the final portion of the competition Friday afternoon.

Representing the Marshall FFA Alumni Chapter, 22-year-old Price said she was happy to be able to make it so far in the competition.

"I was really pleased since it was the first time I was in an official pageant," Price said. "It was a lot of hard work but it was a really great experience."

Alumni chapter president Willie Harlow said since the chapter is new, this was the first year for Saline County to send a Miss Marshall FFA Alumni to the state fair.

"We were eligible to send a contestant and Lorin was one of the co-founders of the chapter," Harlow said. "She had participated in similar contests previously and we thought she'd do a fine job."

As a Missouri State FFA officer in 2000-01, Price traveled around the state speaking to various groups about agriculture and FFA, so she was confident about excelling in the talent and interview portions of the competition. Before the contest, she said she worked with her sister-in-law, Lori Reid Price, who was the 1999 Missouri State Fair Queen.

"She told me to just be myself and have fun with it," Price said.

Named Miss Saline County in 2001 and also having been a Missouri State Cornhusking queen, Price said she was glad to win fifth runner-up, because next year, she will be too old to enter the competition.

On the other hand, Montgomery, 18, said she should have further opportunities to try for Missouri State Fair queen.

"I went into this contest just to have a good time and meet new people and I was able to accomplish that during the first night of the competition," said Montgomery, who was eligible to compete at the state level because she won the title of Saline County Fair Queen earlier this summer.

Aside from feeling like she reached her goal, Montgomery met several women at the state fair competition who will be living near her in the residence halls at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she will soon be attending college.

Price and Montgomery were two of 55 women competing for the honor of State Fair Queen.