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Miss Kansas takes aim at Cornstock

By ABBY ECKEL, Herald Staff Writer | 9/23/2013

GARNETT — The viewers’ choice for Miss America is set to make an appearance this weekend at the ninth annual Anderson County Corn Festival’s Cornstock.

Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, is expected to arrive at the festival after 3 p.m. Saturday, Susan Wettstein, administrative assistant for the City of Garnett, said.

GARNETT — The viewers’ choice for Miss America is set to make an appearance this weekend at the ninth annual Anderson County Corn Festival’s Cornstock.

Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, is expected to arrive at the festival after 3 p.m. Saturday, Susan Wettstein, administrative assistant for the City of Garnett, said.

“[Vail] will be making an appearance during the concert,” Wettstein said. “Then I believe she’ll be going into our VIP tent.”

New to the festival this year is the Great Kansas Outdoor Fun Show, Wettstein said.

“It’s about everything hunting, fishing, camping and boating,” Wettstein said. “[Vail] is very much into the outdoors and represents Kansas well, and we thought that she’d be a great fit along with the Great Kansas Outdoor Fun Show.”

Vail’s appearance at the festival is thanks in part to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Wettstein said.

“She does appearances for [the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism] from time to time so the [department] asked her on our behalf,” Wettstein said. “She represents Kansas well and she did well at the pageant, but because she loves the great outdoors and that’s what we’re trying to do — promote Kansas and the great outdoors — we thought she’d make a perfect fit for our event.”

 Vail gained national attention for being the first Miss America pageant contestant to not cover up her tattoos during the competition, as well as her non-stereotypical pageant hobbies, which included archery, bow hunting, boxing and working on cars, Vail said in a Miss America video.

“She’s an expert marksmen and really good at archery — that’s one of her passions, she loves to bow hunt and is in the Kansas National Guard,” Wettstein said. “She’s one of those ‘break the stereotype’ of not just a pretty-girl-in-a-pageant kind of person, and we’re very excited for her to be coming to Cornstock.”

Vail’s appearnce adds to Cornstock’s lineup of notable events this weekend, including the “Concert on the Hill,” which features Saturday night performances by Phil Vassar, Gloriana and Silver Bullet.

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