Mrs. Nebraska title goes to Grant’s Adair Reese

When Adair Reese of Grant decided to compete in Mrs. Nebraska for the first time, she was looking for something to claim as her own. Every title she had was given to her because of someone else: Mom, Wife, Sister, Daughter.

Competing in 2014, 2015 and receiving runner-up last year, Reese achieved her goal when she captured the title of Mrs. Nebraska America 2019 on Saturday, April 6.

The 43rd annual pageant was held at the Scottish Rite in Omaha. Reese competed as Mrs. Western Nebraska against 12 other contestants in interview, physical fitness (swimsuit) and evening gown to win the title. She also won the overall award in swimsuit and evening gown.

Mrs. America does not have a talent division because they feel for a woman to successfully balance her marriage, family and career, is talent enough.

Reese is excited to bring the crown home and showcase the rural communities of Western Nebraska. 

She and her family, husband of 15 years Jason Reese and children Ava, 13, and Alec, 11, have ordered 2019 Nebraska Passports through the Nebraska Tourism Commission and hope to travel to all 93 Nebraska counties.

The Nebraska Passport offers a wide variety of travel adventures including museums, parks, restaurants, wineries, retail stores and more throughout the state. 

Reese said in Rachel Hollis’ new book, “Girl, Stop Apologizing,” she talks about women realizing they were made for more. 

That is one of Reese’s goals as she travels, not only to inspire women, but children and men as well. 

“We may be from Nebraska, but 1. We’re Nebraska Strong, and 2. We’re made for more. There are so many amazing people in Nebraska and so many amazing things,” Reese said. 

While ADHD is part of her platform as well, she said that also goes with being made for more. 

“It’s funny. The only time being normal is cool is when you’re in school. Once you’re out in the real world, the weirder you are, the more successful you are.”

Reese will compete in Mrs. America in Las Vegas Aug. 17-24. 

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