Exuberant sounds of screaming and cheering filled the Mathewson Exhibition Hall as the 2019 Missouri State Fair Queen was announced. Chloe Momphard, a small-town girl, stares into the crowd with a beaming smile as she reminisces about her life leading up to that very moment.
Growing up, Momphard did not have the opportunity to experience living on a farm. However, that did not prevent her from developing a passion for the agricultural industry. The start of her high school career brought many opportunities to experience agriculture, including joining 4-H and FFA. Through these organizations, Momphard became involved in the local county fair, where she showed sheep and eventually ran for the Lincoln County Fair Queen.
Elizabeth Utterback, Lincoln County queen pageant committee member and mentor to Momphard, describes the young woman as self-driven and well-mannered. Utterback, who helped organize the Lincoln County pageant, credits hard work and natural talent for Momphard’s wide array of accomplishments. Momphard was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of serving as the Fair Queen, despite having to miss several practices because of her duties as the Missouri State FFA 1st Vice President.
“When Chloe commits to something, she goes for it at full speed,” Utterback said. “She’s not ever going to do something half-way, which is definitely a testimony to who she is as a person.”
Lincoln County Fair Queen was only the beginning of the many accomplishments still to come for Momphard. Not long after fair week, it was time for another life milestone — college. Faced with many options, she found Mizzou could become her second home.
“It just made the most sense because it is a school that works well for me,” Momphard said.
At Mizzou, Momphard is a sophomore majoring in animal science as she wants to continue to remain an active participant in the agricultural industry. As part of her program, she studied abroad in Australia this past summer, in addition to all of her Missouri State Fair queen activities and wrapping up her year as Lincoln County Fair Queen. While in Australia, Momphard experienced aspects of nature and wildlife that strongly contrast with what she is used to seeing back home.
After completing her bachelor of science degree in animal science, Momphard plans to attend veterinary school to become a veterinarian. In addition to the heavy course load she is taking this semester, she works overnight shifts in the intensive care unit at the campus vet clinic.
Momphard is involved in many activities and organizations, including the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Pre-Vet Club, and Ag Scholars, along with being one of the Top 14 Freshmen last year. ADPI president, Abby Bertz, said Momphard not only has a good head on her shoulders and has a bright future, but that she is also a very easy person to connect with.
“Chloe is truly a shining representation of women in agriculture,” Bertz said. “Mizzou and CAFNR are lucky to have someone like her.”
Momphard said she is looking ahead to her year of service as the Missouri State Fair Queen and getting the opportunity to further advocate for agriculture.