Mallory Ervin of Morganfield was crowned Miss Kentucky Saturday night in Lexington.
Ervin, who entered the scholarship pageant as Miss Bowling Green, won a $10,000 cash scholarship, a Lexus to use during her year of service and an opportunity to compete in the 2010 Miss American pageant in January.
She will also serve as a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, which spends up to $25,000 a year to reimburse Miss Kentucky's travel expenses as she promotes healthy lifestyles at schools and events.
Ervin, 23, is the daughter of Gary and Lisa Ervin and holds a theater arts degree from Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee.
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Her platform issue during the pageant was autism awareness. She sang "On My Own" during the talent portion of the competition.
The first runner-up was Janelle Blevins, 22, of Webbville. She is Miss Mammoth Cave Area.
The second runner-up was Andrea Walker, 19, of Wilmore. She is Miss Lexington.