‘It’s something I’ve always wanted to do’
Garland is hoping to develop her public speaking skills and represent her community well during the Apple Blossom Festival and at functions throughout the Annapolis Valley.
“I hear a lot that the candidates always become very close each year and build friendships that last a lifetime. I’m definitely looking forward to that,” she said. “I’ve already met all of the girls now and it seems like we’ll be a tight-knit group.”
Last year’s Princess Hantsport, Eleanor Gallant, went on to become Queen Annapolisa. Garland said the two attended the same junior high school and already know each other well.
“She’s definitely given me big shoes to fill,” Garland said. “She’s been super supportive so far, answering my questions, and she will be around with us during the festival, so I’m excited to have her by my side.”
Garland said she enjoyed the tea at the Hantsport Baptist Church, saying it felt like coming home after being away for school for so long.
“It was held in the church that I grew up in and when I was little I used to serve at the teas, but this was my tea being held, so I had a great appreciation for everything they did for me,” she said.
Garland also met nine-yearold Abby Sefcik, her child attendant for the festival.
Garland said the Apple Blossom Festival has always been an important aspect of her childhood and is happy to be participating in it now.
“I’d like to see it continue because sometimes it’s hard for families to find events to do together nowadays,” she said. “It’s a good thing that it’s still going and continues to thrive.”