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Apple Festival Court taking applications

It’s time again to begin the search for the new Apple Festival Royalty Court. The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce and the reigning court extends an invitation to applicants. The Royalty Court will reign for a period of one year. They will have the opportunity to travel, learn about other communities in the state, meet many new friends, and gain experience speaking in public as they share with others information about The Apple Festival.

The Apple Festival Royalty Court consists of an Apple Queen (Grades 9-11), Apple Princess (Grades 6-8), Johnny Appleseed and Apple Blossom (both Grades K-1st). All court members must be residents of the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District. Past Royalty members which have previously held a title (this excludes runners-up) may not compete for that particular title again. They may however compete for a different title. 

All contestants must complete an application. Those questions will be reviewed by the judges and used as an aid during the private interview at the preliminary contest. The application, along with a signed policy and procedure slip, must be turned in to the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce byt’s time again to begin the search for the new Apple Festival Royalty Court! On behalf of the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce and the reigning court, we are thrilled to extend this invitation to you! The Royalty Court will reign for a period of one year. They will have the opportunity to travel, learn about other communities in our state, meet many new friends, and gain experience speaking in public as they share with others information about our festival. 

The Apple Festival Royalty Court consists of an Apple Queen (Grades 9-11), Apple Princess (Grades 6-8), Johnny Appleseed and Apple Blossom (both Grades K-1st). All court members must be residence of the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District. Past Royalty members which have previously held a title (this excludes runners-up) may not compete for that particular title again. They may however compete for a different title. 

All contestants must complete an application. Those questions will be reviewed by the judges and used as an aide during the private interview at the preliminary contest. The application, along with a signed policy and procedure slip must be turned in to the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce by Friday, Aug. 30, no later than 4p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.

The Preliminary Contest will be held on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. at the Community Markets VFW Memorial Hall, 251 W. Main Street, Oak Harbor. This contest will determine the new Johnny Appleseed and Apple Blossom as well as Queen and Princess finalists to compete at the Apple Festival. Please dress in nice, age-appropriate clothing for the preliminary contest. No formals, jeans or tennis shoes are permitted. The Preliminary Contest will be judged on a scale of 1-5 in the following categories: Introduction, Speaking, Personality, Appearance and Stage Presence. The 2013-2014 Apple Festival Royalty Court will consist of a Queen and Queen Runner-Up, Princess and Princess Runner-Up, Apple Blossom and Johnny Appleseed.

Applications can be picked up at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the Oak Harbor Public Library or the three Benton-Carroll-Salem School offices. Forms are also available online at oakharborohio.net under Apple Festival Royalty. Anyone with questions or an interest in running for the court next year, email Royalty Director Amy Lutman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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