Caitlin Meyer, daughter of David and Rhonda Meyer, California, will crown the new 2013 Miss Moniteau County Queen Aug. 6 at the Moniteau County Fair. With that said, her reign as the 2012 Miss Moniteau County Queen isn't over yet, as she still has her competition in the State Fair Pageant ahead of her, Aug. 8-9 at Sedalia.
When asked about the impending pageant, Meyer said there's only one part she is "just a little nervous about."
"I always get nervous when I have to do my talent portion. It's different singing things out of my comfort zone, that we don't sing in choir."
She's also still considering what song she will sing.
Just two days after Meyer crowns the new Miss Moniteau County, she will begin yet another competition of her own. The interview portion of the State Fair Pageant will begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, with the talent portion to follow that afternoon, at 2 p.m. Meyer will take a tour of the State Fairgrounds the following morning, Friday, Aug. 9, with the evening gown portion and coronation to follow beginning at 6 p.m. that evening.
"I already have my evening gown," Meyer said with a smile.
Looking back at her reign as Miss Moniteau, Meyer said, "It's gone by very fast. I think my favorite part has been getting to meet all kinds of different people throughout the year. It's been pretty relaxing, not stressful."
While fulfilling her duties as queen, Meyer, 17, also played volleyball and basketball at California High School, where she also involved in choir and FFA, to name just a few of her many extracurricular activities.
During the summer, Meyer said her duties as queen have mostly consisted of riding in parades.
Regarding any advice she might have for the new Miss Moniteau County, Meyer said, "I think it's important to enjoy the whole experience, because it's going to be over before you know it."
Meyer said she remembers how she felt when she heard her name announced as the Miss Moniteau County 2012 Queen. "I was very surprised."
She said the new queen should always have a smile and be open to new things.
After the Moniteau County Fair and the State Fair Pageant, things will slow down for Meyer as she prepares to embark on her senior year at CHS. But not for long.
"After high school, I'm going to Mizzou to study pre-med," she said.
In the meantime, Meyer can look forward to sharing the halls of CHS with her sole sibling, sister Cameron, 14, who will begin her freshman year.
Moniteau County residents wish Meyer luck at the State Fair Pageant as well as with all of her future endeavors.