NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Eva Oliver, Miss Rodeo Nebraska, finished as second runner up in the Miss Rodeo America Competition. Oliver is from Merriman.
Oliver was the top five finalist. Oliver also won the written test and speech competitions. The competition was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s held in conjunction with the national finals rodeo.
“It was such a rush to make it to the Top 10 and then the Top Five on top of that,” Oliver said. “It blew my mind. It’s something I had always dreamed of, but finally being there was astonishing.”
Oliver spent a week in the Entertainment Capital of the World vying for the MRA crown alongside 27 contestants from across the nation. In addition to speech and written test, they competed in the areas of horsemanship, personality, appearance, photogenic and congeniality.
“Competing was so much fun and super relaxed for the most part,” Oliver said. “We had a great set of judges and the other girls really made my week so special and memorable.”
Oliver won a second runner-up buckle from Montana Silversmiths and about $10,000 in scholarship money in addition to a variety of smaller prizes.
Now that the pageant is over, she plans to spend a year working while also taking online college classes in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in marketing or sales. Her long-term goal is to go into the field of pharmaceutical sales in the animal industry.
The winner of the Miss Rodeo America 2020 title was Miss South Dakota, Jordan Tierney.