Posted 6 months ago
By John Axtell
Beauty queen Jessica Littlejohn of Scotts Bluff has lost her negligence suit against the Scotts Bluff County Fair for a 2010 incident in which she was charged and struck by a bull inside the Fair Rodeo arena in Mitchell.
Scotts Bluff County District Judge Leo Dobrovolny ruled that Littlejohn’s attorneys had failed to serve court papers on the defendants…the Scotts Bluff County Ag Society, Fair Board, and Fair Board Pageant…within the required six month time frame after the suit was filed in August of 2012.
Littlejohn was the Scotts Bluff County Fair Queen and being introduced to the crowd during the 2010 fair along with her court and then-Miss Nebraska – later Miss America – Teresa Scanlan at a bull riding event when a bull broke free of the chute, hit Littlejohn, and threw her into the air.
She was hospitalized with a concussion and other injuries, then later sued for at least $29,000 in medical costs and other damages for serious personal, emotional, and psychological injuries.
The suit maintained the defendants were negligent for not confining the bull to its pen, for placing the contestants in front of the pens with their backs to the bulls, and for failing to warn them of the danger they were being exposed to.
The incident has not appeared to have harmed Littlejohn’s pageant career. She competed in the Miss Nebraska Pageant as Miss Scotts Bluff County Fair the following summer, was back as Miss Chadron in 2012 and as Miss Crane Festival last year.
Littlejohn will return to North Platte for a fourth time this coming June, have been crowned Miss Kool-Aid last fall in Hastings.