Director General Mike Karlen has announced the Queen's Department for the 76th Mountain State Forest Festival.
Coordinating this year's royal court will be Queen's Department Director Lydia Wagner and Queen's Department assistants Cathy Lindsay and Kim Ross.
Wagner will serve her second year as the Queen's Department director, having previously served two years as an assistant on the Queen's Department, Princess Parade Drop-Off and Invitation committees. She also helped with the coronation music from 2005-2008.
Members of the Queen’s Department for the 76th Mountain State Forest Festival are, from left, Cathy Lindsay, Director Lydia Wagner and Kim Ross. The three will coordinate activities for Maid Silvia and her royal court.
A board member for the United Way of Randolph County, she attends First United Methodist Church and is a member of the Conway Ringers Bell Choir. Wagner is an office manager for Perfection Plus Turbo-Dry LLC and served as a princess in the 2003 Forest Festival. Her brother, Cory, was a train bearer in the 1988 Forest Festival.
Lindsay will returning for her second year as a Queen's Department assistant, having previously served in the Queen's Department assistant in 2007. She was the chairperson of the minor court committee for three years. She attends Landmark Baptist Church and works for the Randolph County Schools. Lindsay and her husband, Bruce, have two children, Matthew and Grace. Their daughter, Grace, was a flower girl in 2006 and was a jester in the 75th Mountain State Forest Festival.
Ross will serve her first year as a Queen's Department assistant. Ross and her husband, Bill, who also is a first-time assistant for the Mountain State Forest Festival, are the parents of one daughter, Taylor.
Taylor served as flower girl in 2000 and maid of honor in the 75th Mountain State Forest Festival in 2011. Ross is the owner of The Beauty Shoppe and has been working her magic by doing the hair and makeup for the minor court, maids of honor and the Maid Silvia, for more than 20 years. Ross attends St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Coalton.
The 76th Mountain State Forest Festival will be celebrated in Elkins from Sept. 29 to Oct. 7. More information is available at www.forestfestival.com or 304-636-1824.