The Daffodil Festival organization launched its 81st year on Friday, Feb. 7, when 25 young women from 24 Pierce County high schools were dubbed princesses of the 2014 Daffodil Court.
The princess promenade was held at the Pioneer Park pavilion in Puyallup Friday evening where guests were treated to complementary appetizers by the Adriatic Grill and coffee and refreshments from Anthem Coffee.
The theme for the 81st annual program is “Ready, Set, Grow.” Judy Smith, the 2014 president of the Daffodil Festival organization, is an avid gardener and said she correlates gardening to how the young women are selected in the fall, established as princesses in the winter and then flourish and grow in the spring.
“It’s all entwined,” Smith said. “The whole process is wonderful. We get to mentor these young ladies and to watch them grow is priceless.”
Smith’s husband Tim Smith is First Gentleman. The couple started with the Daffodil Festival in 2009 when their daughter from Lincoln High School became a princess. Their youngest daughter followed in 2011. In 2012, Judy joined the Daffodil Festival board as secretary. She was made president-elect in 2013.
“I love how this organization gives back to the community,” Judy said.Judy performed the official tapping ceremony whereby each young lady was given a sash, a golden daffodil and a tiara and dubbed a princess of the Daffodil Court.
Read the full story in the Feb. 12 print edition of the Herald.
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