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2013 Daffodil Festival Royal Court 2013 Daffodil Queen Kenna Erhardt Rogers High School

Noelle Kaku

Taylor Friend

Grace Collins

Bobbi McGinnis

Kayla Williams

Bri Pedicone




Bonney Lake

Franklin Pierce


Kabrina Kidd

Cascade Christian

Amy Bernstein Graham-Kapowsin

Anna Kessner Spanaway Lake

Suga Iopu

Mikayla Flores

Clover Park

Shelondra Harris

Carly Knox


Helena Laubach

Henry Foss


Kayla Prewitt

Chief Leschi


Marissa Gregg Sumner

Lexi Reyes Washington

Annie Litzenberger Eatonville

Tara Harris Lincoln

Jessie Gamble White River

Cierra McMahon Emerald Ridge

Angelica Maria Mt. Tahoma

ZoĂŤ Mix Wilson




Celebrating and Serving Pierce County for 80 years

FOCUS: Supplementing 78 years of tradition with well-trained young women that understand their purpose in the community BY SAVANNAH FRY

The 2013 Royal Court visit Knutsen Farms and then head out to pick daffodils in the Sumner fields.

TRADITION: Balancing history and tradition while adapting to a changing community BY SAVANNAH FRY The Daffodil Festival originated in 1934 as a celebration of the agriculture industry in the Puyallup and Sumner area. Soon, it became an annual event where the community gathered, with the daffodil serving as the unifying symbol of the hard work and dedication of the local farming industry. The celebration gradually blossomed into a beautiful Grand Floral Parade, which still winds its way through four Pierce County cities in a single day, in a stream of golden yellow. Despite the gradual loss of the daffodil farmers throughout the years, Pierce County is still fertile ground, continuing to sprout new ideas and ways of thinking, ingenuity, industry, and innovation. The parade still hosts the beautiful golden flowers, but the true celebration continues to revolve around the community from which it originates, and the people whose hands have built the festival ground up, from the very beginning. The high school bands, floats,

businesses and local organizations, all hold strong ties to the streets they march, walk, and ride over in the parade. It is for this reason that the Daffodil Festival 193 still flourishes. 4 This Festival thrives, when Pierce County is at its strongest; when the support and spirit of its diverse communities come together. When they share their talents, and take part in a grand tribute to the land they live in, magic happens. That’s the Parade, showcasing a community at its best. The Daffodil Festival has been newly replanted in this rich, fertile ground in Pierce County, with a new direction and purpose. It has a fresh start, plenty of water, and a solid support structure. So, while the fields from which this Festival grew may be taken over by residential areas and storefronts, this Festival isn’t going anywhere. Only, as it stands today, it’s not just the bulbs and the yellow petals, but instead, homes and schools and entire communities, who themselves contribute to the very Festival that so strongly supports them. And just like daffodils, both the Festival and its fans keep coming

Daffodil Princesses pick daffodils from a similar field in 1940.

A band plays in the 1947 parade in Tacoma.

The 1934 Royalty (above) pose before the parade and a Flinstone float from the 1968 parade in Tacoma. (below)

The 1936 Royalty (above) pose in Tacoma.

back year after year. Many thanks to the roots of the Daffodil Festival, Pierce County: to a golden past, a brilliantly blooming present, and an even brighter (yellow) future!



Grand Marshals have shaped the area’s culture and beauty PARADE: Felder and Van Lierop honored for their years of service BY SAVANNAH FRY Leading the 80th annual Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade is not an honor bestowed lightly, but when the time came to choose which community leader would both serve as a representative of the community, as well as give insight into this year’s Festival theme, “The Magic of Music,� there was only one man for the job. The man chosen to kick off the parade, and lead its winding journey through the four cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting, is one well known throughout the area for his music ability. However, while the Festival’s theme leans more towards the rock ‘n’ roll band side of the musical spectrum, he is more familiar with the orchestrations of slightly more grandiose musical talent: the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, to be precise. Harvey Felder, the conductor of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, will be riding in the lead of the parade, most likely just as well as he has lead the Orchestra for the past ten years. Felder will be stepping down as conductor after the close of the 2013-2014 season, so his part in the parade is a unique way to acknowledge his importance to the arts in the community and Pierce

County as a whole, before his time as maestro comes to an end. COMMUNITY GRAND MARSHAL As the Daffodil Festival continues to grow into a community service organization, they are introducing a Community Grand Marshal in the 2013 Parade. Neil Van Lierop will be joining Felder, to lead the four parades, as the first Community Grand Marshal. Van Lierop is the titular owner of Van Lierop Bulb Farm and Gift Shop in Puyallup, one of the last daffodil growers in that area, whose picturesque fields survived this long as a significant remnant of the plentiful fields after which the Festival was named, and whose business has recently announced in February that it will be closing at the end of May. His participation in the Parade is a great way to honor that lasting legacy from which the Festival originated, of the beautiful fields of flowers that so inspired the people of the Puyallup Valley, that they made it into a county-wide celebration of all the great things growing in their community.

Tacoma Symphony Orchestra Maestro Harvey Felder will be the Grand Marshal of the 80th Daffodil Parade.

Community Grand Marshal - Neil Van Lierop


The Daffodil Festival Parade returns to prime time Exclusive television partnership with KING 5 Television brings The Daffodil Parade to Western Washington viewers The 80th annual Daffodil Festival Grand Floral Parade will be held on Saturday April 13th. This year, the parade audience will grow past the 40,000 people that normally line the streets of Puyallup. The parade will be filmed during the second of the four legs and aired in prime time on KONG 6/16. The telecast will begin at 7:30PM and last for 90 minutes. The Daffodil Parade is presented by the Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino. The program will be aired with limited commercial interruptions from three television sponsors: Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino, Puget Sound Energy and the Washington State Fair. “This fantastic opportunity wouldn’t be possible without the tremendous support of our television sponsors,� said Daffodil Festival Executive Director, Steve James. The Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino has been a consistent sponsor of the Daffodil Festival, but the addition of Puget Sound Energy and the Washington State Fair made televising the parade a possibility. “The sponsors of this telecast are giving a huge boost to our organization and making a commitment to the people of Pierce County,� James said. Airing the program later the same night will allow the parade

Enjoy the 80th Annual Daffodil Parade on the streets of Puyallup and in the comfort of your home. participants and attendees to return home and watch the fun all over again. “We are very excited, not only with the opportunity to expand our audience to all of Western Washington, but to do this with a partner like KING Television that encourages development and growth for the Daffodil Festival,� James said. On-site talent will include Meeghan Black, host of Evening Magazine and Chris Egan, Puyallup native and KING 5 sports anchor. This year’s parade will contain over 150 entries, including floats, bands, marching, and mounted units. “The support and advocacy of KING Television, and specifically the leadership, is a partnership that we will foster and expect that it will last for years,� said James.

Saturday, April 13th 7:30PM - 9:00PM Hosted by: Meeghan Black and Chris Egan Look for the Daffodil Festival and its Royalty to be highlighted on additional KING programming and news segments. New Day Northwest and Evening Magazine with Meeghan Black are each recording upcoming segments to be aired leading up to the parade day.







Daffodil Princesses partnering with United Way EDUCATION: Royalty to serve and promote a new literacy campaign in Pierce County BY SAVANNAH FRY The Daffodil Festival itself relies on the combined efforts of many volunteers and affiliated organizations, and even the Royal Court gains much of its power from the mutual work of a diverse group of individuals. Because of this affinity for making powerful alliances, when United Way presented the opportunity to partner with organizations like the Pierce County and Tacoma Libraries, the Children’s Museum, and Rainiers Baseball, in a group effort to promote literacy and a love of reading in children throughout Pierce County, the Daffodil Festival jumped at the chance. The Daffodil Festival Royal Court already participates in appearances at Pierce County libraries each month to promote such qualities, so taking part in this county-wide movement and its accompanying events presents a happy extension of pre-existing Princess programs. “If the Daffodil Festival Royalty can help promote and attract kids to reading and literacy, we will be there without question,� said the Executive Director, Steve James. The long-term goals of the United Way project – involving the improvement of literacy in the area, and developing a relationship with libraries among the youth of Pierce County – will be achieved by way of mass book donations and a series of events taking place through the spring and summer. The United Way’s Launch into

Literacy program is organized to provide books and access to books to children in need, just in time for summer, at which point education studies demonstrate a sharp difference in the academic paces between those in low-income families – which have, on average, more than 60% less children’s books in their homes – than their more affluent peers. The donations of picture, independent reader, and middle grade books is the focus, with the ageappropriateness of the books being specifically targeted for children up to ten years old, or reading at around a fifth grade or middle school level. Signing up children for free access to books, such as through the Pierce County Library system, is also important to the organizers of Launch into Literacy. Exciting events proposed for inclusion in the county-wide movement include a Literacy Day at the Rainiers, a Launch into Literacy Weekend at the Children’s Museum in Tacoma, and other Princess appearances and opportunities to foster a love of learning in children happening throughout the spring and summer at various locations. Discussions between the affiliated organizations are ongoing, in the hopes of reaching and impacting as many children as possible, so stay tuned for more on this exciting program!

Queen Kenna and Princess Cierra read to the kids at a Pierce County Library.

Daffodil Princesses recognized by the United Way for significant community service

Princess Kayla reads to younger princesses. Currently, Daffodil Royalty read at over 90 appearances throughout the year.




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A trend among school districts and youth is the incorporation of community service into their high school career. Nowhere is that more evident than in Youth United’s Varsity Letter in Community Service program. Youth United, a program of United Way of Pierce County, will honor a record number of Pierce County high school students with varsity letters in community service this year. Varsity letters will be awarded to over 500 students who volunteered a combined total of more than 100,000 hours of service in the last year. Included among those students are the 2013 Daffodil Court. Pierce County is the first county in the nation to offer such a program, where students receive a varsity letter for service just like those given to athletes and musicians. United Way of Pierce County is now working with communities across the country to incorporate similar programs, using Youth United’s effort as a model. The Varsity Letter in Community Service program recognizes students in grades 9 through 12 who volunteered 145 hours or more of community service between April 1 and March 31. To qualify, students are required to volunteer with at least one school-related project and one community-related project. To learn more about the program for next year, please visit or contact Bethany Opstedal at 253-597-6685.






The Daffodil Festival Royalty Program: It is so much more than a yellow dress


READ with a Princess Join us on April 27th 15 Library Locations

Pierce County Libraries

Puyallup Public Library

DuPont 1pm 1540 Wilmington Dr. Dupont, WA 98327

Puyallup 11am 324 South Meridian Puyallup, WA 98371

Gig Harbor 11am 4424 Point Fosdick Dr. NW Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Tacoma Public Libraries

Key Center 1pm 8905 Key Peninsula Hwy N Lakebay, WA 98349 Lakewood 1pm 6300 Wildaire Rd. SW Lakewood, WA 98499 Parkland/Spanaway 11am 13718 Pacific Ave S Tacoma, WA 98444 South Hill 15420 Meridian E Tacoma, WA 98446


Steilacoom 1pm 2950 Steilacoom Blvd. Steilacoom, WA 98388 Summit 11am 5107 112th St. E South Hill, WA 98375 Tillicum 11am 14916 Washington Ave SW Lakewood, WA 98498 University Place 11am 3609 Market Place W. University Place, WA 98466

Kobetich 11am 212 Brown’s Point Blvd.. NE Tacoma, WA 98422 Swasey 7001 Sixth Avenue Tacoma, WA 98406


Wheelock 1pm 3722 North 26th Street Tacoma, WA 98407 Tacoma Main 11am 1102 Tacoma Avenue South Tacoma, WA 98402




Daffodil Festival Sponsors

Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino . Puget Sound Energy . Johnson-Cox Company Washington State Fair . Spring Fair . Rusty George Design Pierce County . City of Tacoma . City of Puyallup . City of Fife . City of Lakewood City of Sumner . City of Orting

Kent & Karen Baskett Fred & Vicki Borovich Fife Sand & Gravel Images & Events Sandy James Steve James Tristin James Johnson-Cox Printing Mike Kelly & Jeannie Howe Korum For Kids South Hill Mall Susan McGuire Old Cannery Orting Eagles #3480 Rob & Connie Wekell Glenn & Carol Whaley Golden Daffodil Donors - $200 and up Western Container Corporation Brad & Sherry Stevens Retired Tacoma Police Anderson Family Nicholson’s Pharmacy Kiwanis Club of Tacoma Dave & Jackie Robertson Daffodil Bowl Bill Lewis Sumner Downtown Association Jack & Angela Connelly Bob & Anitra Sudderth

Pierce County Mustang Club Jaguar of Fife Lexus of Tacoma at Fife

School and Teacher

Organizational Partners

Bonney Lake High School Shena Mouring

Bethel High School Vera Northington

Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound . Pierce County Library . Tacoma Library YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties . World Vision . Puyallup Library . Emergency Food Network Pierce County Parks . Tacoma-Pierce County Chapliancy . Pierce County Fire . United Way

King Alfred - $1,000 and up Donors


Educator of the Year Sponsors

Lexus/Jaguar of Tacoma of Fife . Pierce County Mustang Club

Festival Donors

Educators of the Year

Festival Organization President - Brad Stevens President Elect - Judy Smith Treasurer - Debbie Wood Secretary - Sandy James Past President - Susan McGuire Executive Director - Steve James Office Administrator - Sandi Angeline Royalty Director - Karen Baskett Float Director - Kent Baskett Parade Director - Bob Sudderth Membership & Events Director - Jeanne Howe Festival Weekend Director - Debbie Cooley At Large Board Members: Jamie Gregory . Sue Dellinger . Bill Lewis Jackie Robertson . Rob Wekell

Royalty Chaperones Sue Dellinger Debbie Cooley Linda Robertson Anitra Sudderth June Guimond Tristin James Judy Smith Sandy James Julie Fry Demetria Zuniga Lisa Gimmestad Lindy Heindel Renae McBarron Carly Lange Megan McBarron Savannah Fry Jasmine Heindel Megan Gimmestad

Cascade Christian High School Michele Suiter Chief Leschi High School Jason Abram Clover Park High School Angie Robles Curtis High School Gail Cowan Eatonville High School Kristi Simpson Emerald Ridge High School Laurie Brandon Fife High School Sarah George Foss High School Melissa Johnston Franklin Pierce High School Jesse Bartlett Graham-Kapowsin High School Joanna Stewart Lakes High School Ted Cohn Lincoln High School Lee Ann Love Mt. Tahoma High School Andrea Parker Orting High School Jeremy McNinch Puyallup High School Angie Reed Rogers High School Jeff Beni Spanaway Lake High School Kelly Wheeler Stadium High School Despina Alatsis Sumner High School Kristin Crawley Washington High School Eric Stanczyk White River High School Brad Pratt Wilson High School Michael Jankanish



The Daffodil Festival: Empowering Young Women BY BRI PEDICONE, 2013 Daffodil Princess Most only see the big yellow dress. Some focus on the shiny tiaras. Several are obsessed by the sash that reads “Daffodil Princess�. Our appearance stands out in a crowd, but what really shines is our passion. The title of “Princess� is given to those who dedicate their time to service, knowledge and goodwill. Every individual in the Royal Court exemplifies these traits, and despite any and all hardships, we continuously work to better the lives of those around us, as well as grow personally with every event we attend. Though we dress like Princesses, we are ordinary girls with big ambitions and even bigger dreams. The greatest gift the Daffodil Festival has given to me is selfconfidence. The festival focuses on sculpting their selected Princesses into empowered young women. One of my dreams has always been to be able to afford and attend a four-year university. My family consists of eight members, making me one of six children. Three of my siblings have already started their

college education, however my sister could not return for her sophomore year because we cannot afford to send her back. I am facing the same future, cutting schooling short because of the money side. Everyone deserves a quality education, despite financial situations. Those who have a quality education are more likely to be successful, and this festival grants this opportunity of success to all of the Princesses, young women who all plan to attend a college or university after senior year. The Daffodil Festival brought me hope for my dream. I received a scholarship from the foundation that was worth more than the money amount. To me, it was a representation of achievement, a glimmer of light guiding me to college. Not only is the festival encour-

aging girls to pursue further education, but also to have good character and citizenship.

We have been to libraries across Pierce County to read to children, Boys and Girls Clubs, and various other service activities. I have the privilege to serve as an official Ambassador of Pierce County, I am

$AFFODIL&ESTIVAL sS11 a servant to the community, and above all else, I am an inspiration to those around me. There is nothing greater than being a role model to people of all ages, from the young kids at libraries to the adults at city council meetings. Little girls and boys look up to me. Constantly, I am asked how I became a Princess, and how they can become Princesses and Princes, too. I see this as the perfect time to reiterate the truths of being successful, work hard in school, be respectful, and no matter what, never stop trying. The definition to this is different for all, whether it is persevering after a failure, trying after a tough moment, or just trying to be a better person. Whatever the definition, the meaning is the same, we can never give up. Learning on the job is one of the most exciting parts of this experience. I am constantly educated on

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what it takes to do a job well, to make a difference, to be empowered. So yes, many just see the big yellow dress, but what we stand for is almost contrary to the definition of Princess. We do not have servants, we are the servants. We do not have ambassadors, we are ambassadors. We can be whomever we want to be if we work hard enough. This year has inspired me to be in constant pursuit of me dreams, no matter how far away they may seem. I can no longer be held back by withstanding limits just because others believe them to be expected. In my book, every single adult, child, elder, woman, and man deserves the chance to spread their wings and see what they are capable of. The Daffodil Festival is responsible for igniting this spirit in myself; the opportunities available to me are thrilling with endless possibilities. I am so grateful for this festival. Every young woman that is lucky enough to be a part of it has the chance to not only be impacted, but also have a lasting influence on the world in the most positive way.


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