For the second year in a row, Lee’s Summit is the home of Mrs. Missouri America.
Carrie Rieger, was crowned Mrs. Missouri March 16 by Tina York at the Welk Theatre in Branson. York, of Lee’s Summit, held the title last year.
The Mrs. Missouri Pageant is the state preliminary to Mrs. America, which will be held in Tuscon, Ariz. this September. Married women from all over the country will represent their state and compete for the title of Mrs. America, who will advance to Mrs. World in China.
Rieger has been married to her husband Dan for eight years, they have two children Max, 6, and Isaac, 4.
She works as an Information Technology Project Management Office Leader for Hallmark Cards. Carrie is a 1994 graduate of Grain Valley High School and is the daughter of Jere and Sue Neer of Grain Valley.
As the state titleholder she will be a guest at community and statewide charity events. The Mrs. Missouri America motto is “Making a Difference.” “Women who wear the crown serve as a role model for others and use this experience as an opportunity to enrich the lives of others,” says executive director Teresa Foli. Carrie will spend her year as Mrs. Missouri promoting her platform, human trafficking.
Pageant competition includes interview, evening gown and swimsuit. Contestants must be married, at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen and a resident of the state they choose to represent. For more information about the Mrs. Missouri or Mrs. America Pageants visit www.mrsmissouri.org and www.mrsamerica.com