Riley Lamb was crowned Miss Boone County 2019 at the conclusion of the 61st Miss Boone County Pageant Saturday in the Witham Pavilion at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Members of the court are first runner-up Cora Dale, second runner-up Sara Hammerle, third runner-up Kara Funk, and fourth runner-up Olivia Randolph. Hammerle was also named Miss Congeniality by her peers.
Lamb was crowned by 2018 Miss Boone County, and Indiana State Fair Queen First Runner-Up Maci French.
Lamb, 19, is the daughter of Don and Jodie Lamb and a member of Clinton Country Kids 4-H Club. She plans to earn a degree in nursing with a minor in intercultural studies from Indiana Wesleyan University. She was sponsored by Omega Chapter of Psi Ioa Xi. She is from Lebanon and her sister, Shelby, was Miss Boone County in 2011.
"I'm so honored, and it's been so much fun," Riley Lamb said shortly after being crowned.
Thirteen young women competed for the title. Each participated in the 4-H parade and met with the 4-H judges earlier in the day. They met weekly in the months leading up to the pageant for sessions that focused on hair, makeup, clothing, interview preparation and public speaking.
During the pageant, the contestants modeled interview wear, professional attire and formal wear, and each gave a brief speech.
Scoring of contestants was based on personal interview, professional wear, a prepared speech, and evening gown. Their participation in 4-H, as well as outside activities, also factored into their scores.
Lamb said she felt relaxed and enjoyed participating in the program all evening long.
"I couldn't help but smile because all of the girls were just so fun to be around," she said.
Lamb said she's particularly excited about spending the week in the barns at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Once Boone County's fair wraps up, her title will take her to the Indiana State Fair for Queens Day, and eventually to the Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant in January, among other appearances and activities.
During the program, each of the contestants were asked to prepare a brief speech, and Lamb spoke about her memories of working on a project with her grandmother and taking it to the Indiana State Fair, noting that the memories that she and others cherish wouldn't be memories without the people who helped make them, and how she hopes to be a person who helps others make great memories.
Just wrapping up a year of memories as Miss Boone County 2018, Maci French told "a Boone County fairy tale," recounting her story from being a little girl inspired by seeing other Miss Boone Counties, to winning the crown and all the adventures that followed. She became emotional as she thanked her family and others for their support during her reign.
"It has truly been an honor to represent you; I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute," French said before taking her final walk on the pageant runway.
This year's pageant directors were sisters, and former county fair queens, Abby and Kate Emmert.
"It's been wonderful; we've really enjoyed it," Abby Emmert said.
Abby said she and Kate remember the people who made their fair queen experiences possible for them.
"And now, we get to do the same thing for other young women, and it's really been an honor," she said.