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Maryfest royalty wins award at B.C. festival without a float

Marysville Strawberry Festival royalty exult in their good luck at the Hyack Festival in New Westminster, British Columbia, on May 26, as they show off the Queens Park Award.  From left are Ambassadors Brooklynn El Fattal, and Alicia Coraguilo and Royal Ambassador Cassie Miller.  They won seventh place despite not having their parade float. -
Marysville Strawberry Festival royalty exult in their good luck at the Hyack Festival in New Westminster, British Columbia, on May 26, as they show off the Queens Park Award. From left are Ambassadors Brooklynn El Fattal, and Alicia Coraguilo and Royal Ambassador Cassie Miller. They won seventh place despite not having their parade float.
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MARYSVILLE Talk about stealing victory from the jaws of defeat.
Thats what the Marysville Strawberry Festival royalty did in New Westminster, British Columbia, when their brand new parade float couldnt make the trip.
The float was fine but the truck that tows the Maryfest float broke down days before the Hyack Festival. But the show must go on and festival leaders decided to honor their commitment and show up anyway. Instead of the new aviation-themed float, Maryfest honchos borrowed a new red Mustang convertible
What looked like a disaster in the making turned into huge celebration when the impromptu arrangement won one of the Hyack Festivals top honors, the Queens Park Award. Attitude turned into altitude for the trio of young beauties whose enthusiasm and charm turned the tide and won the day. Royal Ambassador Cassie Miller and Ambassadors Brooklynn El Fattal and Alicia Coraguilo said they simply made the best of a bad situation and tried their best just to have fun.
It worked. The Queens Park Award is seventh place, according to a Hyack Festival spokeswoman.
We got there and we were kind of bummed that we didnt have our float but we decided to wing it, Miller recalled. We didnt expect to get anything because we didnt have our float, so when we got the award it was a huge shock.
The royalty sat on the back of the convertible, singing and dancing to Fly Away by Bon Jovi, and were a great hit with the crowd.
They told us it was because of our enthusiasm, El Fattal explained.
In addition to not having their float to ride on, the girls were getting hoots of laughter from a nearby construction site as they made trips to the port-a-potties holding up dresses, she added. A positive attitude and a sense of humor were the key.
I think the judges saw us for who we really were, El Fattall said. They saw who we were and not just what we were doing.
For Bobbi Young the award was a vindication of sorts. There is lots of hard work behind the scenes and the trio are committed to visiting two dozen similar festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest.
It was just so cool, Young said. The girls are just getting wonderful reviews this year. I was so proud of them.
You can see them for yourself during the Strawberry Festival Twilight Grand Parade, 7:45 p.m. on June 16 on State Avenue.

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