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Competing for the crown, scholarships: Scotts Bluff County Fair Pageant adds new title to teen division

Jadyn Wetherington is crowned the 2021 Miss Scotts Bluff County Fair Queen at the Scotts Bluff County Fair Scholarship Pageant. This year’s scholarship pageant will take place on Sunday, July 31 at 7 p.m.

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Young ladies ages 13-26 will showcase their talents, wits and community involvement as they compete to win scholarship money for college during the Scotts Bluff County Fair Scholarship Pageant.

Fifteen contestants are preparing to take the stage at Gering High School and compete in the 26th annual Scotts Bluff County Fair Pageant. The contestants will compete in the pageant Saturday, July 30 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s scholarship pageant will feature 10 contestants in the Teen division and five in the Miss division. The contestants will showcase their talents and wits, competing in talent, social impact, red carpet and, for the Teen division, physical fitness. The contestants will have a private interview in the afternoon prior to the evening contest. The private interview and talent are both worth 35% of the total score in the Miss division and 30% and 40%, respectively, in the Teen.

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However, the Miss America Organization did change the ages to compete in the Miss and Teen. The age range for the Teen competition changed from 13 to 17 years old to 13 to 18 years old and the Miss changed from 18 to 26 years old to 19 to 26 years old.

Competing for the crown, scholarships: Scotts Bluff County Fair Pageant adds new title to teen division

Brooke Margheim is crowned the 2021 Old West Balloon Fest Outstanding Teen by Jaylyn Wagner during the Scotts Bluff County Fair Scholarship Pageant at Gering High School. This year’s pageant will feature a new title in the teen division.

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“That’s why we have such a large Teen group because I’ve got three 17-year-olds this year,” said Cheryl Engelhaupt, organizer.

Since there are 10 contestants in the Teen group, Engelhaupt said they have added an additional title for the contestants to win.

“What happens with that many in the Teen division, we give a title of Scotts Bluff County Outstanding Teen and we give Old West Balloon Fest Outstanding Teen. Well, you can have three contestants to one title.”

She said that a new third title of Western Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen helps grow the program and allows more women to compete at state.

The event typically runs past 10 p.m. The judges can award five titles by the end of the evening – Miss Scotts Bluff County, Scotts Bluff County Outstanding Teen, Miss Old West Balloon Fest, Old West Balloon Fest Outstanding Teen and Western Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen.

Competing for the crown, scholarships: Scotts Bluff County Fair Pageant adds new title to teen division

The Little Sisters perform during the Scotts Bluff County Fair Scholarship Pageant in 2021 at Gering High School.

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In the Miss division, the Miss Queen receives a $1,000 scholarship as well as a $2,000 scholarship to Western Nebraska Community College. The first attendant will receive a $500 college scholarship and the second attendant will receive a $250 college scholarship.

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