Former Miss America enjoys Albin Day

 

Zachary Laux

Bridgette Redding, 20 months old, gets help collecting candy Saturday during the Albin Day parade. More photos of the days events continued on page 8.

The 86th Albin Day kicked off Saturday morning with breakfast, just as any day begins, sponsored by the FFA. But the festivities soon escalated with what very well may be the first ever Miss America appearance in the history of Albin.

Teresa Scanlan, who was Miss America in 2011, stopped in Albin Saturday to experience the fun. She first assisted Albin Mayor Kelly Karkow with the ribbon cutting for the grand opening of the Albin Museum. Scanlan later made an appearance at the Night Show, delivering a speech about her time as Miss America and her appreciation for small-town America. In her speech, she commended Tim Malm, who was severely injured in a rodeo accident in 2010, saying he is a person always looking to improve, even in the face of difficult situations.

"One of my favorite parts about being Miss America was meeting encouraging people who push on, always looking to improve no matter what," Scanlan said in her speech. "After meeting Tim, I can definitely say he is one of those people."

After her speech and some live music, an auction began with proceeds benefiting the Albin Community Care Fund, a fund to help Albin families in need. The auction, and other fundraising activities, raised $16,555 to go into the fund. Some of the auction items were: an LCCC five-semester scholarship donated by Joe Schaffer, several rodeo tickets, a 1995 Ford F150 4x4 truck donated by Bob Womack and a baseball bat signed by Brandon Nimmo. The scholarship went for about $4,000. The truck went for about $3,600 and the baseball bat went for about $685.


The day ended with a fireworks display put on by Laramie County Fire District 3, Jesse Morehead, Zane Willert, Cordell Willert, Lee Peterson, Aaron Anderson, Ed Allen and Brent Lerwick. The Firefighters also hosted the Water Fights event held earlier that day, where teams of three battled, with fire hoses in hand, to blast a canister to the other side in a "revers tug-of-war." Other festivities included softball games, echoing the first Albin Day held in 1928, which was celebrated with games of baseball; horseshoe;, foot and sack races; and egg toss. An Arts and Crafts fair was held at the Albin Elementary School.

 

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