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Officials Name Royalty for Strawberry Festival

March 17, 2008
By Gary Mallonee, Staff Writer
The royalty for the 2008 West Virginia Strawberry Festival were selected over the weekend in Upshur County.

Events got under way Saturday and concluded on Sunday with the announcement of the 2008 king-elect and queen-elect, the crowning of the 2008 Strawberry Teen and the announcement of the Strawberry Spirit and Sweepstakes winner.

King-elect of the 2008 Strawberry Festival is Matthew Tolliver of French Creek. The festival king was chosen for his outstanding management practices and techniques. Tolliver begin growing strawberries in 2004.

Sixty young ladies from across the state competed in the two-day queen/teen pageant in the auditorium of Buckhannon-Upshur High School.

Lindsay Weaver, 21, of Buckhannon was selected the 2008 WVSF Queen-elect. She is the daughter of Susie Miller and Andy Weaver and is a junior at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Her first maid is Jessica Schueler, 20, a junior at Concord University. She is the daughter of Sheila Ferrera of Jumping Branch.

Her second maid is Whitney Veach, 21, a graduate of West Virginia University. She is the daughter of Kim and Trent Veach of Petersburg. Veach was also voted Miss Photogenic in the queen’s division.

Serving as third maid is Ashley Sandy, 20, a sophomore at Marietta College. She is the daughter of Michael and Catherine Sandy of Belleville.

Serving as fourth maid is Kara Larew, 21, a student at Fairmont State University. She is the daughter of Keith and Susan Larew of Thornton.

Francis Carter, a lifelong resident of Upshur County, was presented the Strawberry Spirit award for her support of the festival throughout the years. Carter has carried the welcome banner in the parades for many years.

Hostess princesses for this year festival are Erica Hopkins and Saphire Page, both of Buckhannon. Hopkins is the daughter of Rachel Westfall and Rick Hopkins. Page is the daughter of Jimmy and Charlene Page.

Lena Huynh, 18, of Vienna, was crowned the West Virginia Strawberry Festival Teen. She is the daughter of Dao Huynh and Kim Golden and is a senior at Parkersburg High School. She was also selected as Miss Photogenic in the teen division.

Her first maid is Kaitlin Gates, 15, the daughter of Louisa and Jeff Gates. Gates attends Bridgeport High School.

Her second maid is Alexis Bramer, 16, the daughter of Wade and Sherri Bramer of Bridgeport. She is a junior at Bridgeport High School.

Third maid is Devin Paige Sears, 16, the daughter of Scott and Tracey Sears of Fairmont. Sears is a junior at Fairmont Senior High School.

Brigitte Morris, 16, the daughter of David and Alana Morris of South Charleston, was selected as the fourth maid. She is a sophomore at George Washington High School.

The Sweepstakes Award was presented to Linda Childer of Buckhannon for the amount of strawberries produced and exhibited at last year’s festival.

Article Photos

(CU?and The Inter-Mountain/Gary Mallonee)
STRAWBERRY ROYALTY — Royalty to reign over the 2008 West Virginia Strawberry Festival are, from left, Strawberry Teen Lena Huynh of Vienna, King-elect Matthew Tolliver of French Creek and Queen-elect Lindsay Weaver of Buckhannon. The West Virginia Strawberry Festival will take place May 14-18 in Buckhannon. View additional photos at



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