Jespersen crowned Miss Rodeo Nebraska

Jespersen pictured with her grandfather Darwin Jespersen

Miss Rodeo Nebraska 2013 Samantha Chytka giving parting words before crowning Jespersen.

Gina Jespersen of Hemingford can officially begin her duties as Miss Rodeo Nebraska. Nearly 400 people were on hand to support Jespersen at her coronation ceremony held Saturday night in Scottsbluff.

The coronation event is also the largest fundraiser of the year for the new Miss Rodeo Nebraska. This included 40 live auction items and over 90 silent auction items. The auctions raised over $32 - thousand dollars from the generous support of family, friends and area business. Jespersen says the support was overwhelming.

"We knew that we were sold out, but to see everyone fill up this up this room was just unbelievable, Jespersen said. "I come from the amazing town of Hemingford and the panhandle has always been so supportive, so it was an excellent night. More than I could have ever imagined".

The high selling item was a beautiful quilt donated by Pat's Creative of Hemingford, designed by Shelley McConnville and pieced by Sonya Buskirk and Shelley. The quilt sold for $5 thousand dollars to Darwin Jespersen, Gina's grandfather.

As Miss Rodeo Nebraska, Jespersen will travel approximately 30 thousand miles during her reign. She says fundraiser is a big part of her year. This will Jespersen travel extensively during her reign representing the sport of rodeo and the state of Nebraska. This also will help Jespersen compete in the Miss Rodeo America pageant that will be held in December in Las Vegas during the National Finals Rodeo.

During her year she will also speak to many school and community organizations promoting her platform "Ride With No Regrets"

Jesperson will have her first event next week as Miss Rodeo Nebraska in participating in the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver. This month she also travels to a PRCA rodeo in Lincoln, followed by the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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