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Nichols to compete in Mrs. Idaho pageant

Mrs. Grangeville, Erin Nichols, will compete in the Mrs. Idaho America Pageant in Boise this October.

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Mrs. Grangeville, Erin Nichols, will compete in the Mrs. Idaho America Pageant in Boise this October.

— “I’m always up for a new adventure,” said Erin Nichols of Grangeville.

With the support of her husband, Zach, and their four children, Nichols was encouraged to apply to the Mrs. Idaho America pageant. She did and was awarded the title of “Mrs. Grangeville” to begin her journey.

Oct. 4-6, Nichols will compete in the pageant in Boise. The competition is scored 50 percent on the judges’ personal interview where they will look for articulation and confidence as well as posture, grace, elegance and overall appearance.

“I’m very happy with this, as I know true beauty comes from the inside,” Nichols smiled.

The formal wear portion accounts for 25 percent of the score and the other 25 percent is based on physical fitness and health and the wearing of a one-piece swimsuit and sarong. A state costume competition is also part of the pageant, but is not scored.

Nichols said she has never done anything like this before, but wanted to do something that was new to her and helped build her self-confidence as well as have an opportunity to discuss her platform.

“I’m passionate about building a relationship between the community and law enforcement,” she explained. “There’s a lot of negativity out there right now, and I would like others to understand the humanity of law enforcement officers and what they go through to serve and protect, and to bridge that gap between the differences.”

Nichols’ husband is an Idaho State Police officer who also worked for the county in previous years.

She is planning a community forum with a date and time to be arranged.

Nichols was born in California and, as the daughter of a missionary-pastor, moved all over the U.S. Following high school graduation, she attended Multnomah Bible College in Oregon where she met Zach. They were married at the age of 19 and now have been married more than 20 years.

“In 2003, we moved to Grangeville, 30 steps from my in-laws’ house,” she smiled. “And it’s been great.”

The Nichols have four children: William, 17; Josh, 15; Carol, 13; and Elizabeth, 11; all of whom are home-schooled but participate in various public-school activities.

Nichols enjoys time with her family as well as hiking (she has climbed Borah Peak several times), teaching homeschool co-op classes, baking, spending time at the river and with her family, and helping others.


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