Miss Missouri will return home this spring to lead Richmondâ€™s Mushroom Festival as Grand Marshall.
Councilman and Chamber of Commerce President Scott Marshall informed the Richmond Park Board Monday night that Fitzgerald was the choice.
Marshall also asked the board for permission to install a sign near Highway 10 and Southview Parkâ€™s lake. The south dam of the lake butts up against the right of way for Highway 10. Marshall said the chamber wants to put up a sign acknowledging Richmond as the hometown of Fitzgerald.
Marshall said he was seeking permission from the park board because of the cost involved with having a sign on a Missouri Department of Transportation right of way. He said there are application fees and other fees associated with a sign on a highway. Marshall said the chamber hopes to unveil the sign during the Mushroom Festival.
No one from the board objected to the sign and was supportive.
Marshall said nothing is set in stone yet but at this point the lake seems to be the best option.
â€œIt may or may not happen,â€ Marshall said. â€œWe may find something that will work better.â€
Fitzgerald captured the Miss Missouri crown last June and competed for Miss America in January. Fitzgerald is currently traveling and promoting her crown. Her reign ends in June.
Despite being on television and other forms of media, Fitzgerald said being the Grand Marshall of the festival is a big deal.
â€œItâ€™s really neat because they always bring back someone that they respect and look up to,â€ Fitzgerald said. â€œItâ€™s kind of the big deal, so for one time in my life I get to be the big deal.â€
She said she has heard of Miss Missouriâ€™s in the past receiving signage in their hometown and is humbled by the the gesture.
â€œObviously, Iâ€™ve worked for this my whole life and finally it comes true and there are a lot of neat things that go along with it.â€
The Mushroom festival is the first weekend in May.