Hester is Dogwood Queen; Freed is Jr. Miss Queen

Hester is Dogwood Queen; Freed is Jr. Miss Queen

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Opening ceremonies of the 2017 Orleans Dogwood Festival were held over the weekend with royalty crowned to reign over the upcoming festivities.

Claire Hester was crowned 2017 Dogwood Queen Sunday in Orleans. The 2017 Dogwood Festival Jr Miss Queen was MacKenzie Freed.

Hester will take home a total of $1,000 – $750 from the Orleans Chamber of Commerce and Dogwood Committee and $250 from Mid Southern Bank.

She will now compete in the Indiana State Festival Scholarship program in Indianapolis and will receive another $300 to pay for her expenses.

Her other gifts included:

    • a mouse pad featuring this year’s Dogwood Tabloid Art Carver from Carmen Love at Crazy Flock.
    • French Lick Hotel coffee mug and notepad
    • French Lick Legendz Gift Card
    • Tarte eye palette from the Chamber of Commerce picked by Emily Stalker
    • $65 value of Mary Kay Cosmetics from Ashley Knight
    • Hair Supplies from Kristen Burris @ Penn Studio, Orleans,
    • 1 Super Clean Car Wash Gift Certificate from Scott Daugherty
    • Banana Republic Sunglasses from Harmon, Petty & Cole, Paoli,
    • $10 Legendz Gift Card, French Lick
    • 2 Tickets to Kings Island
    • $30 Gift Card to North Side Station, Orleans,
    • Free manicure by Pam Penn, Penn Studio, Orleans
    • Personalized office chair designed specifically for the queens from JSI, PAOL

2017 Princess are Victoria Albertson and Lexi Patterson, both will receive $50 and a gift certificate from Super Clean Car Wash. Albertson also claimed Miss Congeniality, earning her $50, a gift and a gift certificate from Super Clean Car Wash.

Crowned 2017 Jr. Miss Queen is Freed.

Freed won a mouse pad featuring this year’s Dogwood Tabloid Art Carver from Carmen Love at Crazy Flock, French Lick Hotel coffee mug and notepad, French Lick Legendz Gift Card, Tarte eye palette from the Chamber of Commerce picked by Emily Stalker, $65 value of Mary Kay Cosmetics from Ashley Knight and $100.

2017 Jr. Miss Princesses include Ella Marie McClellan and Allison McCabe.
Both young ladies won $50.

McClellan also took the titles of 2017 Crowd Favorite, which added 5 percent to her total score, Jr. Miss. Congeniality and 2017 Miss Fundraiser went to Ella Marie McClellan, who raised $400. She will receive a total of $100 and a $25 gift card from 33 Brick Street in French Lick and a French Lick Hotel travel mug and notepad.