‘It’s some­thing I’ve al­ways wanted to do’

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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.”

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