Miss Ripley County named
Julie Hoffrogge filled the stage with her
beauty and big smile catching the attention of the judges who
named her Miss Ripley County 2010 before a crowd at the historic
Damm Theatre in Osgood Sunday evening.
She is so sweet and wonderful to work with, noted
Mary Beth Hackman, co-chair of the pageant that has now crowed
its 52nd queen.
Hoffrogges parents, Don and Diane, other family members
and boyfriend surrounded her on stage shortly after she was named
as photographers from Hunter Photography captured the moment on
their cameras. The newly named queen told the Osgood Journal she
was excited to be crowned queen and looks forward to her duties
when Ripley County 4-H Fair begins July 18.
When asked what her most meaningful achievement was, Hoffrogge,
who is a dedicated 4-H member, noted it was her time as a ten-year
member of the organization. She noted she was the eldest of seven
children. She enjoys making new friends and said that was the
best part of the pageant. She was crowned wearing a soft lavender
gown fit for a queen.
Her court includes Miss Congeniality and second runner up, Victoria
Woulms; fourth runner up, Ashley Vestal; third runner up, Olivia
Woolum and first runner up, Sarah Webster.
Woulms, dressed in a lace overlay gown answered her question about
who most influenced her life by saying it was her grandpa Woulms.
She said with only a third grade education, he aspired to successfully
raising his family, owning property and being a person who inspires
me so much.
Fourth runner up, Vestal, answered the impromptu question, which
she said scared her to death, about the need for students to do
volunteer work to graduate from high school by saying, they definitely
should give some heart back.
Woolum, who was stunning in both the Professional Wear and Evening
Wear competitions, was dressed in a shiny sequined gown as she
was named third runner up. She won the Professional Wear category
wearing a cream jacket and brown skirt suit. When answering her
impromptu question, Woolum said she felt the most important thing
to teach children, was confidence. She shared she has been taught
to be confident by her parents, and will pass it on to future
Taking the Evening Wear competition was first runner up, Sarah
Webster, who was elegant in her red gown. Webster said her future
goals are to graduate from college and work with sports medicine
or in a childrens hospital.
The pageant saw nine candidates vying for spots in the 2010 queens
Each year the pageant raises money for local food pantries through
the candidates. This year the theme was disco diva dollars.
The Peoples Choice award went to Jessie Menchhofer for raising
the most money. The total collected was $241.91.
Rob Vestal and former 2009 Miss Ripley County, Kathryn Sidell,
emceed the event that had the theme Disco Fever. Co-chairs of
the pageant were Mary Beth Hackman and Becky Harmeyer. Committee
members included: Monica Hansen, Sara Comer, Penny Moore, Amanda
Kunz, Leasa Nay, Krystal McBride and Megan Krall.
Vonda Miller was the judges chair with judges Nathan and
Jessica Floyd and Ruthann Meyer officiating.
ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Pictured is Miss Ripley County 2010 Julie
Hoffrogge, who was crowned Sunday evening at the Damm Theatre
in Osgood, where the 52nd pageant was held. See inside photo
for the Queen's Court. Hoffrogge is the daughter of Don
and Diane Hoffrogge of Milan. She is sponsored by the Milan
Volunteer Fire Department.