I am much more sentimental than I thought I would be on the last day of the Nebraska State Fair in Lincoln. 140 years is a lot of history that is now just that, history. I'm all for progress, and being from western Nebraska, my personal opinion is that a central location for the Nebraska State Fair will be a positive move for the entire state. That being said, I return to my earlier statement. 140 years is a lot of history!
We made the best of our last few days there - Brittany Jeffers, Miss Nebraska spent several hours at our booth on Saturday, and what a sweet girl she is. In addition to her full time job as Miss Nebraska, she is a reporter for Channel 8 here in Lincoln.
Brittany's platform is promoting self-esteem in young girls, and she excels at her chosen field. She is so warm, gracious and inviting to the shy young women who want to meet her that they can't help but come over and start a conversation. She is also now the official state spokesperson for the Girl Scouts Uniquely Me program. You can also follow Miss Nebraska on her blog, and on Twitter as Missneb09. A very busy lady indeed.
I would be remiss in my job if I didn't let you know that Miss Nebraska is crowned the first week of June in North Platte each year.She was also gracious enough to pose with two very hard-working tourism representatives.
Monday came, and time for the last parade at State Fair Park in Lincoln. There were mascots galore! Including Nebraska's two most famous - Li'l Red and Herbie Husker. They were very friendly as well - no excessive testosterone, even given their huge muscles. They are much more animated than Spike though - Spike needs to take lessons.
After the parade there was more royalty in the North Platte booth. Amy Amack, Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2009, and the Lady In Waiting Michelle Boeshart who will take over the crown in January both stopped by to spend some time promoting the pageant that is held in conjunction with NEBRASKAland DAYS in North Platte each year in June.
These ladies are also fabulous representatives of our state and Rodeo in general. They are poised and professional and are great ambassadors.
Spike the Engineer was also very impressed with them.
He didn't mean to upstage the Miss Rodeo Nebraska ladies, but he is kind of hard to ignore.
The North Platte/Lincoln County tourism staff and volunteer also took time off to have their picture taken with the royalty.
And the girls spent some time in our booth showcasing all of the wonderful things to see and do in Lincoln County.
Whew! It's been quite a week, and it's good to be headed home, just in time to gear up for Rail Fest!
Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on.