She started at Miss Boone County and went on to win it all.

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John Mcallister

Born in December of 1949, Judi Ford wowed our area and the country with her beauty and talents. Judi attended Belvidere High School when she won the Miss Illinois Teenager Pageant. She went on win the title of Miss Boone County and then Miss Illinois, before bringing home the big one in 1969...Miss America.

Judi is a retired school teacher, and coach. Her athletics were on display when she won the 1969 Miss America Pageant. Judi showed her skills on the trampoline for her performance in the talent portion of the pageant. She would go down in history as the only one to ever use the trampoline.

Here's a look at Judi's talent and crowning moment.

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