Lindy Nicholson

2001 Miss Rodeo Nebraska

Lindy Nicholson

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The track carrying Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2001 Lindy Nicholson toward her ultimate goal has her on the back stretch and heading for home.

The finish line for Nicholson is the Miss Rodeo America Pageant scheduled Dec. 2-9 in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Nicholson, a North Platte resident and Stapleton High School graduate, left the starting gates at the Buffalo Bill Rodeo during Nebraskaland Days in 2000 when she earned the crown. Since then, she has traveled extensively promoting rodeo and her home state.

“I have traveled even more than I anticipated, which is good because I like to do that,” she said. “I’ve met so many wonderful people and have been able to do a lot of things I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.

“All of the rodeo committees have been good to me and it’s been fun meeting and becoming friends with other state queens. They’re all friends I’ll have long after my year is over.”

A sendoff celebration for Nicholson is scheduled Friday at the North Platte Elks Club. The annual event offers the public the opportunity to demonstrate its support for the current Miss Rodeo Nebraska and to see her wardrobe for the Las Vegas pageant, along with a presentation of her speech.

Other local rodeo queens will also attend and model some of their attire. Tickets are available at Town and Country Western Wear, the Nebraskaland Days office and at the door.

In preparation for the national level event, in which Nicholson will be competing with about 32 other state queens in horsemanship, personality and appearance categories, she has been working to put her wardrobe together, riding horses and practicing her speech, which she says paints a picture for the judges about the people and places in her home state.

Studying has also been a part of her preparation. She said the judges will question her on rodeo, horsemanship and current events.

“They keep us busy all week,” she said. “I went last year and watched, so I know what will be going on and what is expected of you.”

Along with the preparation for the national pageant, Nicholson has made public appearances at schools and before civic organizations. She said she molds her presentation to fit the audience, such as for adult groups, she explains her role as Miss Rodeo Nebraska and the process of seeking the title of Miss Rodeo America.

“With kids, I tell them about what I do and I also have coloring books to give them,” she said. “We also talk about the importance of staying in school and getting good grades.”

NEBRASKAland Days June 13-23, 2018