A notable feature of this year’s contest for Fiesta Days Queen is that the coordinators, Tammie and Kimberlee Goddard, presented the event with charm and respect.
They painted, scrubbed and manicured a space for the interviews with the judges and then Kimberlee Goddard and outgoing Fiesta Days Queen Mary Schmidt decorated the space in pink and lavender streamers to provide an atmosphere of hospitality with a lovely cake, a bubbling fountain of punch and a cordial greeting for the young contestants, their families and friends.
The young people who competed are all friends, all 14 years old and all students at Frazier Mountain High School. They each created a personal portfolio and assembled a display table to showcase their accomplishments.
They were scored on their community service, their academic achievements, their unique talents and a personal interview with the judges.
Princesses Taylor Childs and Katie Westover will assist Queen Janice Winter and Runner-up Jaqueline Kelly in their duties. The queen and her court ride in the parade and serve as a team of hostesses for Fiesta Days, the Mountain Communities’ biggest party of the year.
That task often includes awarding trophies over three days—from the pet show to the fishing derby to the log sawing and horseshoe pitching competitions—all old-fashioned hometown events.
Taylor Childs said she was glad she competed. “I am so excited I feel I could run a mile,” she said.
Mountain Top Video sponsored the event. The Cottage Garden donated bouquets of flowers. Kimberlee Goddard prepared the applications.
Left, The 2014 Fiesta Days Queen and her court: (l-r) Princess Taylor Childs, Queen Janice Winter, Runner-up Jaqueline Kelly and Princess Katie Westover.
Center, Janice Winter receives her crown from outgoing Fiesta Days Queen (above) Mary Schmidt.
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