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Richmond’s Miss Missouri Lacey Fitzgerald waves to her family and supporters after the introductory number at Thursday’s preliminary round at the Miss America Pageant at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas.
Part of the number was that each contestant introduced themselves and said a little about where they came from, and Fitzgerald boosted her hometown of Richmond. Fitzgerald said, "From the Mushroom Capital of the World and the state with the lowest gas prices, I’m Lacey Fitzgerald, Miss Missouri. "Afterwards, her father Don said, I’m so proud of her. She said that [phrase] for three evenings. She’s kept her roots.’ (Photo by JoEllen Black, Publisher, The Daily News)