Bless you, Blos­soms

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY-JO TO­HILL

It’s a royal week, with the nam­ing of the 2012 Alexan­dra Blos­som Fes­ti­val princesses (page 2) who will grace floats in next Satur­day’s parade, and this year’s Se­nior Queen. Started 17 years ago by Alexan­dra-Clyde iden­ti­ties Liz Pratt, and her sis­ter-in-law Pam Love and late hus­band Bluey Love, the Se­nior Queen pays trib­ute to women 70 years and over who have con­trib­uted to their community. In­ter­views for con­tenders to the throne took place on Mon­day and a blos­som queen will be crowned and her at­ten­dant an­nounced at a spe­cial cer­e­mony at the Alex- an­dra Dis­trict Club next Mon­day. Their first of­fi­cial en­gage­ment will be the Blos­som Fes­ti­val Art Ex­hi­bi­tion which starts at the Alexan­dra Community Cen­tre, Skird Street next Wed­nes­day. The long­est run­ning event of its kind in New Zealand, and now in its 57th year, the an­nual fes­ti­val cel­e­brates the ad­vent of spring, and has be­come syn­ony­mous with the Alexan­dra dis­trict’s or­chard­ing his­tory, with trees burst­ing forth with blos­som in Septem­ber, to hint at a fruit­ful sum­mer. Dur­ing her reign, the Se­nior Queen will at­tend the blos­som fes­ti­val parade, take part in a com­bined church ser­vice, go on a gar­den tour and visit rest homes.

Photo: MARY-JO TO­HILL/FAIR­FAX NZ

The Dar­ling Buds Of Spring: This year’s con­tes­tants for the Alexan­dra Blos­som Fes­ti­val Se­nior Queen, which will be de­cided next Mon­day. From left, Kay Adam, Edith Sta­ples, Glenys An­der­son, Dianne King and Lor­raine Jolly.

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