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Strawberry Festival seeking applications for next year's Royalty Court

As this year
As this year's Marysville Strawberry Festival Royalty Court approaches the end of its reign, Maryfest is looking for Junior and Senior Royalty candidates for next year's Strawberry Festival.
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MARYSVILLE — Maryfest is conducting informational meetings on the Marysville Strawberry Festival for next year, as it solicits Junior and Senior Royalty for next year's Strawberry Festival by inviting applications for its Royalty Scholarships.

According to Marysville Strawberry Festival Royalty Director Angie Miller, the informational meetings are set to start at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, as well as Monday, Oct. 21, and Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the Maryfest offices, located at 1259 State Ave. The deadline for Royalty Scholarship applications is Thursday, Oct. 31.

"We'll be covering the commitment that's required to be on the Royalty Court, as well as the qualifications to be on the Court," said Miller, who noted that next year's schedule of parades for the Royalty Court would also be discussed, but anticipated that it would remain largely the same as it was this year. "Our Royalty Court coronation will be pretty much the same as last year, with the candidates modeling casual outfits instead of the previous talent show. Some kids were discouraged from applying before, because they didn't think they had talents, but the outfits were fun."

Miller expects that the Junior Royalty candidates will get their own chance to dance at next year's Royalty Court coronation, just as the Senior Royalty candidates already do, which will also help give the judges more time to assess the Royalty Court candidates.

"We're also aiming to put a greater emphasis on community service, and have them get out and do more with groups like the Marysville Community Food Bank and the YMCA," said Miller, who added that the Royalty Court's presence can be requested for special events, such as business openings, via the Maryfest website. "We had a great group of candidates last year, and I'm looking forward to seeing what sorts of amazing kids we get from Marysville and Lakewood this year."

For more information on the Marysville Strawberry Festival Junior and Senior Royalty, log onto www.maryfest.org/JuniorRoyalty and www.maryfest.org/SeniorRoyalty.

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