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Rodeo queens, contestants show off their best

June 13, 2018 GMT

Beads. Satin. Chaps. The Me Too movement.

Rodeo queens, both from the region and from out of state, and those competing for Miss Rodeo Nebraska and Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska showed off their duds Tuesday night at the Miss Rodeo Nebraska style show. Contestants also answered onstage questions.

In the first round, decked in bejeweled western wear — complete with colored jeans and boots — pageant contestants answered such questions as which professional rodeo they would perform in as a rodeo clown, or which famous rodeo star they would like to live a day in the life of.

Then, after modeling evening wear, Miss Rodeo Nebraska

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contestants each answered how they felt about the Me Too movement, especially in light of the recent decisions at the Miss America pageant — the Miss America pageant will no longer host a swimwear competition.

All contestants expressed pride that women were able to become more vocal in the last year, stepping up in the viral movement against sexual assault.

But as contestants also modeled their chaps, helped model items in the evening’s auction and performed onstage dances, both together and with their “little cowgirls,” the evening remained lighthearted.

The new Miss Teen Rodeo Nebraska will be crowned at 1 p.m. Wednesday at North Platte Community Playhouse. The Miss Rodeo Nebraska Lady in Waiting, who becomes Miss Rodeo Nebraska in January, will be announced Wednesday during the first night of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo.