There is a humility to Destiny Reed, the 2015 Miss Missouri State Fair Queen, that comes from her fundamental belief in God and her roots as a fourth generation family farmer.
“This is just an amazing blessing from God,” Reed said shortly after being crowned queen Friday afternoon. “I’m so truly thankful to my family and everyone who has been in my life.
Reed was named queen from a field of 55 talented and poised individuals who were chosen after they won their local or county queen contest or festival.
Reed, who won Miss Marion County, lives on a small family farm where her family raises cattle.
“Destiny has always been around farming,” her mother, Elina Reed, said. “She has been an FFA member for three years and her senior year her FFA team won first place in the state and sixth in the United States.”
Reed said she was a member of the Farm Management team when the team won the state title.
“It really was a three and a half hour math test,” Reed said with a smile when asked what was necessary for the FFA competition.
During the final question of the competition, the 10 finalists were asked, “Does the Missouri State Fair really show off what the state has to offer?”
“Agriculture connects all of us,” Reed said. “The Fair is a showcase for all of the talent in the state.”
Reed won the top interview score in the competition in the preliminary round.
“All of the girls did a wonderful job, and I think that Destiny will do a fantastic job as Queen,” Lynn Reid, superintendent of Fair Queens, said after the competition.
Reid described this competition as “bittersweet at best,” for personal reasons.
After a decade as serving as superintendent, she’s leaving her position to spend time with her grandchildren and family.
Both her daughters were Missouri State Fair Queens, marking the only time in pageant history that siblings were named queens.
“It is hard to describe my feelings,” Reid said. “I know I am giving an incredible opportunity to someone else though.”
As she begins her reign as queen, Reed is looking forward to the opportunities she will face.
“There are so many things that I want to do during my year as queen,” she said. “Education is probably one of the most important things to me.”
Reed is studying to be an English teacher at Truman State University in Kirksville, where she is a sophomore.
“I want children to share my passion for learning,” she said. “Even though I am studying English I want to share my passion for farming with my students as well.”
“She is just a beautiful person inside and out,” her grandmother Nancy Altgilbers said. “I’m just so very proud of her.”
Reed’s entire family was on hand, as was her boyfriend of four years, Caleb Kaiser.
“It’s a pretty cool thing,” he said after Reed accepted her title. “I’m proud of her. She is a true blessing.”
Reed devotes much of her time to helping others. She is a member of the Campus Christian House at Truman State and is a youth leader at the Hannibal YMCA.
“God has touched her in awesome ways,” her mother said. “Destiny has a saying, ‘I’ll do my best and God will handle the rest.’”
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