Our Past | 1978: Princess crowned amid fanfare and lots of fun

Selected by Karen Larsen

The following excerpts are from an article about the Waterville royalty pageant published in the Feb. 2, 1978 edition of the Waterville Empire Press. A lot of effort was put into this local showcase of feminine beauty and accomplishment.


Janet Adams Chosen Princess Waterville

By Chris Schmidt

As the excited crowd showed its approval, Janet Adams was named “Princess Waterville, Queen of the North Central Washington Fair.” The crowning was the climax of the 1978 royalty pageant held Monday evening in the Waterville gymnasium.

Janet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Adams, will be representing Waterville along with her royal attendants — Lori Jordan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Jordan; and Korene Coonan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Coonan.

Master of ceremonies Russ Rehm opened the program by introducing Jim Baum, Waterville High School music instructor, whose selection of songs provided an evening of fine entertainment. The contestants were then introduced by Ann Whitehall, who gave a background sketch of each as they modeled their streetwear. Each candidate then gave a prepared talk reflecting on her life in Waterville having to step “Through the Looking Glass.”

Lattice work panels with cutout windows and baskets of dried flower arrangements set the stage for the candidates as they entered royally attired through a fairytale looking glass framed by an archway of scroll edging. Fashion commentator Marsha Peterson heightened the evening’s excitement with her description of the formal attire worn by the candidates.

Additional musical entertainment was provided by the Wenatchee Valley Collegiate Singers who performed several jazz selections.

Judging the event were Mrs. John Borth and Mrs. David Griffiths, both of East Wenatchee, and Mrs. Bill Lippincott, Chelan. These judges first met the contestants at a dinner hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Steve Still.

Other Princess Waterville contestants were Heidi Daling, daughter of the Gary Dalings; Karen Loebsack, daughter of the Leland Loebsacks; and Virginia O’Brien, daughter of the John O’Briens. Waterville can be very proud of the performance of each young lady who participated in the selection night pageant.

A big thank you certainly goes to the people of Waterville for their generous contributions.