Princess Windsor hard at work
She also receives financial support from the Town of Windsor for supplies.
Corkum is working on a tight deadline, with everything needing to be complete by May 25, when she leaves for the Old Orchard Inn.
“It’s stressful, very overwhelming, not gonna lie,” she said with a laugh. “I should have started earlier.
“There’s a lot of work that goes into this, it’s not just about sitting on the float, it’s about making it. It takes a lot of preparation and hard work.”
Corkum has a bit of background with this type of project, having grown up in the 4-H program, creating displays.
“It’s been really exciting, it’s a real honour,” she said. “This is something that will mean the world to me for the rest of my life.”
Corkum said they also reached out to the community on Facebook for ideas on how the float should look.
Her mom, Angela Corkum, is part of the team helping out with putting the float together.
“The hardest thing for us was figuring out how we were going to decorate, what theme we were going to run with,” she said. “Once we got going, it’s been smooth sailing.”
Angela Corkum knew she’d be involved with the float the moment her daughter was selected.
“It’s an eye-opener. I mean you see all of the princesses going by on their floats, but you don’t stop and think what’s happening behind the scenes,” she said. “It’s an honour for us to be a part of this, it’s going to be great to see her on it.”