The annual Miss Nebraska and Miss Nebraska Teens competition is underway this week, starting with a welcome introductory gathering Wednesday night at Venue 304 in downtown North Platte.

The three nights of competition run from Thursday-Saturday, June 6-8.

There are about 31 contestants in the two competitions.

Since 1937, the Miss Nebraska Scholarship Program has featured young women and their personal and professional goals, offering a forum to express opinions, poise, talents and skills.

The contestants express themselves to audiences around the state and the country. The program is one of the largest providers of scholarship assistance for young women.

The Miss Nebraska competition is held in North Platte each year during the first week of June. It is an official preliminary to the Miss America pageant. At the same time, the Miss Nebraska’s Teen competition is the state final for the national competition.

The competition includes a private interview, displays of lifestyles, fitness, talents, personal appearance/poise in evening wear as well as an on-stage interview.

Tickets are available at www.missnebraska.org.

Here is the schedule:

• Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. at Venue 304 — Welcome ceremony. Doors open at 6:30 (red carpet attire). Competitors will walk the red carpet, accompanied by a young “sparkler”, and introduce themselves to the audience.

• Thursday, 6:30 p.m. — First preliminary night at the North Platte High School. Miss Nebraska Morgan Baird and Miss Nebraska Teen Boston Pattera will lead the entertainment on both preliminary nights.

• Friday, 6:30 p.m. — Second preliminary night at North Platte High School.

• Saturday, 8:30 am — Bob Spady Memorial Golf Tournament at Lake Maloney Golf Course. Proceeds benefit the scholarship program.

• Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Forever Red Celebration at North 40 Chophouse to honor the partnership between the Miss America program and the American Heart Institute.

• Saturday 6:30 p.m. — Final night at North Platte High School, followed by post-pageant awards gathering at Venue 304.

The Miss Nebraska contestants:

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