Five individuals will receive the Friends of the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Association Award this year for going “above and beyond” to support the MRNA and its pageant.
The honorees are Larry Stobbs, Bill and Sharon Negley and Blaine and Sharlene Rodewald. They will be recognized June 10 during the speech portion of the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Pageant.
In addition to being the right hand to his wife Paula, treasurer for the MRN pageant committee, Larry is always ready and willing to provide moral support and help the MRNA whenever needed.
During the pageant, Larry serves as the driver and host home of Miss Rodeo America. The Stobbs’ have also hosted numerous state queens over the years, during which time Larry has been known to wash and fuel their vehicles.
Larry helps put out yard signs for visiting royalty every year, is often tasked with being the head cook for MRNA barbecues and has been a financial supporter of the association, the MRNA scholarship fund and Miss Rodeo Nebraska in general.
Bill and Sharon Negley
The Negleys have also been a big part of the MRNA for years. Sharon is a past MRN pageant committee member.
She was in charge of publicity and was instrumental in growing the sponsorship program – to include both the pageant partner and event sponsor categories. Sharon continues to volunteer her time to the pageant every year and assists wherever needed.
Together, Bill and Sharon have provided financial assistance to all aspects of the MRNA. They donated the state queen yard signs and promotional signs that continue to be a huge asset to the MRN pageant. The Negleys join Larry Stobbs in putting the signs up every year.
The Negleys have also hosted many state queens over the years, and Bill is often found working alongside Larry at the MRN barbecues.
Blaine and Sharlene Rodewald
For more than 15 years, Sharlene has used her talents in custom clothing design and creation to help Miss Rodeo Nebraskas look outstanding as they travel around the country and compete at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant.
“Give her an idea, and she runs with it,” said Lolly Klug, longtime MRNA member.
The Miss Rodeo Nebraska sashes are made by Sharlene, and the famous blue dress worn by Michelle Boeshart at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant was embellished by Sharlene’s embroidery.
Additionally, her husband, Blaine, is a talented gunsmith who has donated custom-made guns for Miss Rodeo Nebraska fundraisers.
The speech contest and Friends of the MRNA award ceremony is open to the public. It will begin at 6 p.m. at the North Platte Community Playhouse. Tickets are $5 each and will be available at the door.