Introducing the 2019 Rhododendron Court

Rhody Court photo by Jo Beaudreau

Jan. 16, 2019 — Last week, the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Rhody Court committee announced the Senior Court of the 2019 Rhododendron Festival, which will be from May 17 to 19 throughout Florence.

The Senior Princesses are Falon Borgnino, Hope Garcia, Heaven Lewis, Madison Reynolds, Ella Stidham, Noelle Trammelle-Stone, Aylenne Vazquez and Marissa Wells. The Senior Princes are Phoenix Brazille, Timothy Lowder, Patrick Rowley and Mason Wampler (inset picture).

“You might be saying, ‘My what a large group this year’ — and you would be right,” said Rhody Court Committee member Wendy Krause. “All of these kids are awesome and we are so excited to get to work with them this year.”

In addition to the large Senior Court, the 2019 Junior Court features eight Junior Princesses. These are first-graders KayDee Butler and Adrienna Sneddon; second-grader Addison Ott; third-graders Payton Halverson and Noah Williams, who together represent the Mapleton School District; fourth-grader Abigail Stevenson; and fifth-graders Daisy Robledo and Cheyanne Wiesner.

“If you see one of the court around town, make sure to say ‘Hi!’” Krause said.

The members of the Rhody Court begin their activities this week and will start to be seen at events around town — like the chamber’s Siuslaw Awards on Jan. 23 — as they start their button campaigns and interact with the community.