Car­ni­val fi­nale

Win­ter car­ni­val cul­mi­nates with queen crown­ing

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY ED­I­TOR Contact the writer: dprosick@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald. com; 570- 628- 6002

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.

ANDY MAT­SKO/ STAFF PHOTO

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...

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