Miss Minnesota received a hero's send off from the Coon Rapids Fire Department last weekend.
Kathryn Kueppers was crowned Miss Coon Rapids in January, and then became Miss Minnesota in June. She now heads to the Miss America pageant in December.
A large crowd of supporters turned out for a send off party at the Coon Rapids Civic Center to wish her well before the big competition.
Kueppers will represent Minnesota in the Miss America pageant which will air LIVE on NBC on December 19. She has prepared a jazz vocal performance for her talent and will also be judged on her leadership and communications abilities.