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Queen Rhododendra’s royal robe retires

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014

Rhody Queens Jade Herbert and Katrina Greenlief (center) present the robe to members of Siuslaw Pioneer Museum’s board of directors.

After more than 30 years of use, the Rhododen-dron Court retired the queen’s robe.

On Monday, July 14, Senior Rhody Court Coordinator Cindy Wobbe, 2013 Rhody Queen Jade Herbert and current Queen Rhododendra, Katrina Greenlief, presented the board of the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum with the robe, which was officially retired in 2013 with Herbert’s reign.

“What we would like to do is create a permanent display in the museum,” Wobbe said. “We want to work with the museum to showcase the last 100 years.”

The robe, combined with the poster boards created by many of the Rhododendron Queens since the Rhododendron Pageant began in 1908, would highlight an important tradition of the Florence community.

The Rhododendron Court has shifted from being a pageant to a program to promote the youth in the community. The name changed to “Scholarship Showcase” in 2014.

This year also brought the addition of five senior princes who competed for the King of the Coast title.

For the complete article see the 07-19-2014 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 07-19-2014 paper.

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