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The Crowns and Gowns event kicked off with both of those things Friday night.
Four of nine women were crowned with regional pageant titles at Quality Inn Suites.
Brooke Lodl won Miss Heartland, Courtney Pelland won Miss Nebraska State Fair, Regan Kolbo won Miss Sandhills and Hayden Richardson won Miss Twin Rivers.
None of the winners were ranked higher than the others. Each contestant will compete for Miss Nebraska at North Platte High School, June 6 9.
Like in the state pageant, contestants answered two questions onstage, performed their talents and modeled evening gowns as well as swimwear. They also participated in an interview with the pageant’s seven judges beforehand.
Onstage questions touched on recent topics: the sentencing of Larry Nassar, a former Olympics gymnastics doctor who was found guilty of sexual assault; sexual assault in the workplace and President Donald Trump’s tweets.
Contestants also answered questions that related to their individual platforms. Topics included human trafficking, adopting pets as opposed to purchasing them and helping individuals with disabilities speak for themselves.