Winter carnival culminates with queen crowning
Sixteen senior princesses will enter, but only one will leave donning queenly regalia.
The 51st annual Greater Pottsville Winter Carnival will conclude with the Queen’s Coronation Pageant at 7: 30 p. m. Saturday in the Robert W. Wachter Auditorium at Pottsville Area High School, 1600 Elk Ave., according to Deirdre A. “Dee” Boris, Greater Pottsville Winter Carnival Association president. The festivities will then move to St. Nicholas Hall, Primrose, for the Queen’s Ball at 9 p. m. Tickets will be $ 8 for the pageant and $ 5 for the after party, Boris said.
Shawn and T. J. Fitzpatrick are again co- hosting the event, with T. J. also serenading the crowd by singing a number, Boris said.
“He’s not only the co- host; he’s a very talented young man,” she said.
New this year, Artists in Motion Performing Arts, Schuylkill Haven, will entertain the crowd at intermissions.
Also during the intermission, the Winter Carnival’s Distinguished Citizen Award will be presented.
“Avariety of criteria is looked at for the selection of the distinguished citizen. Generally someonewho gives back to the community, does extraordinary work for the community,” she said. “Sometimes we honor a group of people, we’ve honored lawenforcement, police officers, we’ve honored local firemen. Sometimes it’s a single individual, sometimes it might be a husband and wife, sometimes it’s a group of people. It just depends.”
Last year’s winner was Theodore R. “Ted” Dreisbach, executive director of Schuylkill Community Action.
After the 16 contestants are narrowed down to eight finalists, they will be posed a single question, which remains a secret until it is given. They will be judged on the answer, and then results will be tallied to choose a winner, who will receive her crown from 2017 Queen of Snows Holly Parrish.
“She’ll give a farewell speech, and then she will help in the crowning of the newqueen,” Boris said.
The 2018 queen will join the royal court, accompanied by 2018 Snowdrop Princess Kali Grochowski, Pottsville, and 2018 Snowflake Princess Mikaela Tobash, Nativity BVM High School.
The contestants will also have their voice heard in the awarding of Miss Congeniality, which is given to thewoman they most enjoyed being around during their time in the winter carnival.
The event will then move to St. Nicholas Hall to wind down the night and culminate the 2018 Greater Pottsville Winter Carnival.
Holly Parrish, Schuylkill Haven, was named the 2017 Winter Carnival Queen of Snows during last year’s coronation pageant. This year’s queen will be crowned during a pageant beginning at 7: 30 p. m. Saturday at Robert W. Wachter Auditorium at Pottsville...