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Miss Nebraska contestants take time to playTell North Platte what you think
Photo by George Lauby
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Miss Douglas County Aleah Peters weighs a cucumber with Makenna Nelson.
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Miss Nebraska Mariah Cook
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Jessica White, Miss Omaha
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Steffani Jiroux, Miss Lincoln
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Mindy Schreiber, Miss Nebraska State Fair with Carly Donaghue
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Morgan Yost, Miss Scotts Bluff County

The 16 Miss Nebraska contestants took time Friday afternoon to play with kids downtown at the Children's Museum.

The two-hour session gave young girls the chance to play with a real-life princesses, and the inspiration went both ways, Miss Nebraska Miriah Cook said .

"They inspire us too," Cook said. "They inspire us to have fun, to make believe, to remind us that fun can be built, destroyed and built again. Sometimes as adults, we need to remember that it's okay to make mistakes."

"I'm having a blast," said Miss Douglas County Aleah Peters as she helped two girls learn how to weigh garden produce and make change at a pretend sales stand.

"This is a good thing to do when we are not competing," she said.

The beauty contestants spread out through the museum, with kids everywhere, and everyone played for two hours.

Then the contestants went downtown for a parade along the brick streets.

The pageant continues through Saturday night, when Cook will crown the 2013-14 Miss Nebraska.

Miss Douglas County, was the preliminary talent winner on Wednesday night of the contest. Rachel Foehlinger of Omaha, competing as Miss Lake McConaughy, was the preliminary winner on Thursday. Both twirled the baton.

On the final night, the top eight contestants will start with a fresh slate for the judges. The night will feature some other stars onstage at the North Platte High School Performing Arts Theater. Patrick Thomas, a singing star of the television show "The Voice," will join Miss America Teresa Scanlan onstage.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/8/2013
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