Local women compete for Miss Nebraska, represent the valley

Miss Nebraska State Fair Allison Baird signs autographs following the Miss Nebraska opening ceremony Sunday afternoon at the Platte River Mall in North Platte.

Allie Swanson is the 2019 Miss Nebraska and will represent the state at the Miss America Competition in Atlantic City Sept. 5-9.

The new Miss Nebraska will have the opportunity to share her Social Impact Statement across the state as she works to educate Nebraskans on the use of digital media.

She is an Omaha native and graduate of Evangel University and is currently a master’s program student at Bellevue University. The first two nights of the program, Swanson won both the Evening Wear and the On-Stage Interview. Allison Baird, Miss Nebraska State Fair, who also won the Evening Wear and On-Stage Interview portions of the competition on opposite nights, is the 2019 Miss Nebraska runner-up.

“I am the new Miss Nebraska and I’m beyond words right now,” Swanson said. “I told the girls after it was announced that it could have been any one of us. This is the most amazing class of women.”

Swanson said she takes the responsibility of being Miss Nebraska seriously and wants to do the best job she can. Winning the title is not new to the Swanson family as her sister Megan Swanson was Miss Nebraska 2014.

“That’s what makes this super special,” Swanson said. “This is actually her 5-year anniversary and she humbly took the back seat and chose not to be honored to just let me have my moment in the competition.”

Also included in the top five were Miss Alliance Hayden Richardson, Miss Kool-Aid Days Makinzie Gregory, of Gering; Miss Douglas County Carsyn Long, of Gering (third runner-up).

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