LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Nearly a week after her father died in a farm accident, Belinda Wright won the Miss Congeniality award at the Miss USA pageant.

Competing as Miss Nebraska USA, Wright won her award during pageant competition in Las Vegas.

Greeley County authorities say 55-year-old Harry Wright died May 7 while fixing fences on his land near Scotia.

Belinda Wright came back to Nebraska the next day. At the urging of her family, she then went to Las Vegas to compete.

The Miss USA title was won Sunday by Miss Michigan USA Rima Fakih.

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