Emily Wood of Palmyra is the 2012 Missouri State Fair Queen, having competed with 53 other contestants. At Farm Family Day at the fair in Sedalia, Emily told Brownfield that she’s proud of how the whole state is pulling together to help farmers and ranchers get through the drought.
“Agriculture is so important,” says Emily, “This year we’ve experienced, as everybody knows, the drought. And, I think it’s so important, specifically for the state of Missouri, to let everyone know and show everyone that we are a state – that we’re going to come together and we are going to address this issue and we are going to get this issue fixed.”
She pointed to Governor Nixon’s cost-share water program that’s helping producers in desperate need of water get through the drought.
Emily is promoting agriculture and promoting the Missouri State Fair – now and during the coming year.
“My slogan, that I love telling everybody, is it IS the world’s greatest fair. As you walk into the fair around the carnival area, there’s a sign that says ‘The World’s Greatest Fair.’ And, I think there’s no better way than to promote saying that.”
Emily’s talent at the pageant was clogging – she’s a third generation clogger. Her father plants crops for wildlife, she says, because they are big hunters and her grandfather is a crop and livestock producer. She grew up in Marion County and is a nursing student at Moberly Area Community College.