|Scotts Bluff County Fair queens crowned|
|August 02, 2012 Philip Eckerberg - Special to the Citizen|
Photo by Philip Eckerberg/for the Citizen - Newly crowned Scotts Bluff County Fair queens, Teen Queen Allie Boggs of Gering, and Queen Morgan Yost of Scottsbluff, enjoy the limelight Saturday after an exciting evening at the Historic Midwest Theater.
Saturday saw 16 young ladies appearing on the Historic Midwest Theater stage to compete for one of two titles, Miss Scotts Bluff County Fair Queen and Miss Scotts Bluff County Fair Teen Queen. The girls worked hard all week, staying up late, learning new dances, being interviewed, pressing dresses, fixing their hair, and putting on makeup in anticipation of pageant night.
Those competing for the Junior Miss title were: Tazia Simpson of Mitchell, K’Lee Hasse of Morrill, Chloe McGlynn of Mitchell, Bodee Thompson of Minatare, Alexis McGlone of Mitchell, Brittli Sell of Scottsbluff, Nikkita Anderson of Scottsbluff, Allie Boggs of Gering, Holly Ann Walker of Gering, and Brittany Eckerberg of Gering.
Those competing for the Miss title were Kelsey Empfield of Scottsbluff, Lucy McGlynn of Mitchell, Morgan Yost of Scottsbluff, Cynthia Valles of Mitchell, Sara Jacobs of Mitchell, and Kate Duncan of Gering.
The Masters of Ceremonies, Ray Richards and Ken Meyer, kept the crowd laughing with their dry and off the wall humor. There were special guest entertainment appearances by Miss Nebraska Outstanding Teen 2012 Lianna Prill, Miss Nebraska 2012 Mariah Cook, Mrs. Western Nebraska Jodie Shaske, Miss Scotts Bluff County Fair Teen Queen 2011 JaLee Pilkington, and Miss Scotts Bluff County Fair Queen 2011 Taylor Ziegler.
The five judges, Russell Dampier, Rita Wigington, Jody Bass, Lisa Shannon, and Rose Chamberlain assessed performances by the competitors, half of which occurs before the public performances, with the application process and interviews.
After the opening dance number and introductions, contestants were joined by their “little sisters” for a group dance. Next was the popular talent category.
After intermission, the evening gown competition was underway, with each contestant answering an interview question conducted by Lianna Prill and Mariah Cook. All of the “little sisters” were also introduced and given a chance to walk to the stage.
Taylor Ziegler and JaLee Pilkington gave farewell speeches and a closing slide show was shown of their year as Queens. The contestants were paraded on stage for a final announcement of the awards.
The contestants all anxiously awaited the results, and of course to make things more dramatic they always count backwards, but in the end some contestants got several awards and some came away empty handed. Allie Boggs received the Director’s Choice Award, Teen Talent, and was crowned Teen Queen. Brittli Sell received Teen First Attendant and the People’s Choice Award, Holly Walker received Teen Second Attendant, Miss Congeniality, and Teen Interview Award. Morgan Yost received the Interview Award and was crowned Queen, Kate Duncan received First Attendant, the Teresa Scanlan Scholarship, and tied for the Talent Award, Kelsey Empfield received Second Attendant and tied for the Talent Award.
Teen Queen Allie Boggs said that she was excited about winning and happy that she won with her best friend Morgan Yost. Boggs said that she is looking forward to fair week and going to the state competition next year.
Queen Morgan Yost said she was thankful for another opportunity to represent her community. Yost said she wants to use this opportunity to mentor young people and added that this will be a favorite memory of hers.
Though not everyone was awarded during the competition, participants gained valuable poise and confidence that will aid them in their futures. Some are already making plans for next year’s pageant competition.
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