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Miss Wyoming Represents Ranchers In Miss America Pageant

I used to think that beauty pageants were just that -- rhinestones and swimsuits, big hair and bigger smiles. But I’m becoming more and more impressed with the caliber of women who compete in these pageants and for the important platforms they advocate while wearing the crown. In the last couple of years, agriculture has even had a voice in these pageants.

In 2009, former 4-H member Katie Stam wowed the judges and earned the crown, all while boasting about her good old days representing the four-leaf clover of 4H.

In 2011, Miss America Teresa Scanlan’s winning platform stressed the importance of agriculture to support our nation’s economy. In fact, she often called farmers and ranchers the “backbone” of the U.S. economy.

The 2013 Miss America pageant aired over the weekend, and the third runner-up was Miss Wyoming Lexie Madden. She was stunning in a timeless black dress, with a talent of a piano number she composed herself, and her interview reflected her rural upbringing in the small town of Torrington, where she participated in 4-H and showed goats.

"I actually used to show goats in 4H. I know that's something very unique and odd, but it was fun and it taught me a lot about responsibility," Madden said during her pageant interview.

Check out this video from KOTA Territory News, which features clips of Madden’s competition highlights.

For a closer look, listen to Trent Loos’ interview with Madden’s father, Lex, here.

I’m very proud of Miss Wyoming and appreciate her sharing her agriculture story to the masses at the Miss America Pageant. Congratulations for making the top four, Lexie, and thank you for being a great voice for agriculture!

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