DALTON, OH – Dalton Holidays Festival Queen, Morgan Waddell, First Attendant, Courtney Gardner, and Snowflake Princess, Michaela White, have been busy traveling to community events throughout Ohio since they were crowned in downtown Dalton this past December. From the Maple Festival in Chardon to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Barberton, they have already received a variety of learning experiences, while representing their devotion to their hometown at the same time.
According to Sandy Boulet, long-time festival committee member and First Vice President of the Ohio Festival and Events Association, the opportunities for festival royalty are endless. “One great benefit of being in royalty is that they learn about communities throughout the state of Ohio - the history, people, and products which make each town unique,” says Sandy. “Through these experiences, the members of royalty are encouraged to practice skills that will help them build upon their futures, including learning how to do public speaking and how to interview well.” Participating in royalty through the Dalton Holidays Festival builds character, creates friendships and prepares one for the future. Our community is proud to have royalty that represents us well throughout the state. The queen, attendant, and snow princess will be quite busy with events in the next few months. A few upcoming include: Moonshine Festival in New Straitsville, Deercreek Dam Days Festival in Williamsport, and Commercial Point Homecoming in Commercial Point.
In addition to our pride in the opportunities of our royalty, the Dalton Holidays Festival volunteer committee is working on traditional and new events for the upcoming year. This year includes the return of the children’s coloring contest, the design of which captures the theme of “All Wrapped Up in Christmas”. The festival craft show is expanding in its offerings and creative handmade items. The business and residential lighting contests are expanding the judging region to Kidron area and will offer the winners a monetary award of $25 each. New festival events are yet to be revealed, as the committee continues to plan and consider feedback from previous years, but will emphasize broadening our audience and drawing new interest to the festival experience. Applications for the craft show, coloring contest, and other forms are now accessible on the festival website at www.daltonfestival.org. Stay tuned to the website for more updates.