Anna Bowen, 19, was crowned Miss Neshoba County 2018 last night at the Neshoba County Fair.

The daughter of John and Mendy Bowen, she also captured the Best Stage Wear award.




First alternate was Anna Marie Spears, 19, daughter of Melanie and Terry Spears.  Spears also received the Best Interview award.

Second alternate was Anne Taylor Adams, 18, daughter of Chris Adams and Cindy and Jerry Byrd. Adams also received the Most Photogenic award.

Third alternate was Mara Michelle Shelton, 18, daughter of Steve and Vicky Shelton. Shelton also received the Miss Congeniality award.

Fourth alternate was Khloe Elyse Cockerham, 16, daughter of Bret and Chasity Cockerham and Kelly and Wayne Williams.

There was no Contestant No. 1 in the pageant because the young lady dropped out just prior to the Fair.

This year’s contestants were:

• Madison Pullin is the 19-year old daughter of Willie Pullin and Jennifer Pullin.  She is a member of Neshoba Baptist Church.  Madison attends East Central Community College.  In her spare time she works at Jennifer Thames Originals.  Madison plans to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy.

• Anna Elizabeth Burrage is the 18-year old daughter of Mandy & Jacob Moore and Wayne Burrage.  She is a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.  She participates in her church youth group and volunteers in various community service projects.  She loves traveling and spending time with her family and friends.  Anna plans to attend East Central Community College then transfer to Mississippi State University  to pursue a degree in Elementary Education.

• Anne Taylor Adams is the 18-year old daughter of Chris Adams and Cindy & Jerry Byrd.  She is a member of East Philadelphia Baptist Church.  Anne Taylor enjoys going to the beach and being outdoors, especially water skiing.  Anne Taylor plans to attend East Central Community College then transfer to Mississippi University for Women to study Speech Pathology.

• Landry Payne is the 18-year old daughter of Paul and Cindy Payne.  She is a member of Trinity Baptist Church.  Last year Landry was Neshoba County’s Distinguished Young Woman.  She is a cheerleader at East Mississippi Community College and is a competitive long-range sharp shooter.  After graduating from EMCC she plans to attend Mississippi University for Women and then get a Master of Science in nursing and work as a family nurse practitioner.

• Anna Bowen is the 19-year old daughter of John and Mendy Bowen.  She is a member of Bethsaida Baptist Church.  Anna is the captain of the East Central Centralettes Dance Team.  She enjoys participating in intramural sports.  Anna is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa.  After graduating from East Central Community College, she plans to attend Mississippi State University and pursue a career in the medical field.

• Anna Marie Spears is the 19-year old daughter of Melanie and Terry Spears.  She is a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church.  Anna loves to travel to different states with her grandparents to bluegrass festivals.  She currently attends the University of Mississippi and is majoring in Biology with a double minor in Chemistry and Spanish.  Anna holds the position of Chaplain in her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi.  She plans to attend University of Mississippi Medical Center to become a bilingual neurosurgeon.

• Claire Stokes is the 17-year old daughter of Lorrie Haggard and Dr. H. D. Stokes.  She is a member of First United Methodist Church.  Claire loves sideline sports, photography, and traveling across the country.  She also enjoys spending time with her church youth group.  After graduating, she plans to attend Mississippi State University and major in Biochemistry.  Upon completion, she will attend the University of Mississippi Medical Center to become a doctor and specialize in Anesthesiology.

• Mara Michelle Shelton is the 18-year old daughter of Steve and Vicky Shelton.  She is a member of Sandtown Methodist Church.  She enjoys competing in 4-H, riding horses and playing soccer.  Her plans are to attend Meridian Community College to pursue a degree in Animal Science while continuing her soccer career as a Lady Eagle.

• Khloe Elyse Cockerham is the 16-year old daughter of Brent & Chasity Cockerham and Kelly & Wayne Williams.  She is a member of First Baptist Church of Union where she is a member of her youth group and goes on mission trips and participates in Operation Smile.  Khloe has been a 5-year member of Beta Club, a cheerleader for 4 years and involved in student government for 4 years.  She enjoys hunting, fishing and camping.  She plans to attend East Central Community College and then the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry.

Pages were Mady Quinn Morrow, 6, and Kase Ward, 5.

Morrow is the daughter of Cody and Nikki Morrow.

Ward is the son of Barry and Beth Ann Ward. He is the grandson of Connie Mack and the late Beth Smith, Debbie and Anthony Price, and Aida and the late Kendall Ward.

The outgoing Miss Neshoba County Fair Abby Stokes, Philadelphia native Michael Hardy and the Big Blue Jazz Messengers of Neshoba Central High School entertained Fairgoers during the pageant.

The contestants performed a dance to “Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga.

The pageant was directed this year by Carla DeWeese.