ELKINS A reception to introduce the Mountain State Forest Festival's Maid Silvia LXXVIII and her Maids of Honor was held Sunday at Davis & Elkins College Graceland Mansion.
MSFF Queen's Department Director Debby Berdine announced Alexa Christine Fox, of Hurricane, as this year's festival Maid Silvia.
In addition to Fox, Berdine introduced Maids of Honor Kathryn "Katy" Elizabeth Ross and Kelsi Elizabeth Trippett. Berdine added that the theme for this year's festival will be "A Festival to Remember."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean
The Mountain State Forest Festival’s Maid Silvia LXXVIII and her Maids of Honor are welcomed to the Royal Court Sunday during a reception at Graceland Mansion on the Davis & Elkins College Campus. From left, Maid of Honor Kathryn ‘Katy’ Elizabeth Ross, Maid of Honor Kelsi Elizabeth Trippett and Maid Silvia LXXVIII Alexa Christine Fox.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Tim MacVean
The Mountain State Forest Festival’s Maid Silvia LXXVIII Alexa Christine Fox with her family during a reception at Graceland Mansion on the Davis & Elkins College Campus. From left, James ‘Jamie’ Fox , father; Michelle Fox, mother; Alexa Christine Fox, Maid Silvia LXXVIII; Isabella, sister and Preston, brother.
MSFF Director General Ben Shaffer said that Fox was selected to serve as this year's Maid Silvia because of her personality and enthusiasm about the festival in addition to having spent some of her childhood in the area.
"Alexa was very personable and very enthusiastic about the Mountain State Forest Festival," Shaffer said. "It is special to have a Maid Silvia that has such a strong tie to the community and history with the festival."
Fox, 18, lived in Elkins from 1995-2002. While in Elkins, she attended First United Methodist Church and was a student at Montessori Early Learning Center and Midland Elementary School. Alexa's mother. Michelle, helped on several Forest Festival committees including the Minor Court Committee and Princess Housing.
Fox said that she is honored to have been selected to serve as Maid Silvia and she looks forward to seeing what the week brings.
"I'm honored and excited to be Maid Silvia," Fox said. "I look forward to a fun filled week."
Fox added that the highlights of the week for her will be the Grand Feature Parade along with seeing people she knew from when she lived here.
"I look forward to the parade and seeing all the people I used to know when I lived here," Fox added.
The future queen will be a sophomore at West Virginia University this fall, where she is majoring in criminology. The Promise Scholar recipient is a member of the Mountaineer Maniacs. She also is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society. She is considering law school after graduation.
Fox is the daughter of James "Jamie" and Michelle Fox of Hurricane. She is the granddaughter of Barbara Roman and the late Lewis Roman of St. Albans and the late Russell and Mabel Fox. She has two siblings, sister Isabella and brother Preston.
Eighteen-year-old Ross is a 2014 graduate of Elkins High School and will be attending West Virginia Wesleyan College in the fall. She is the daughter of James Ross and Peggy Young and David and DeAnna Roth, all of Coalton. She is the granddaughter of Mike and Joann Ross of Coalton, Walter Thompson of Belington and Judy Primavera of Coalton. She has one brother, Sam. Ross was a crown bearer in the 67th Forest Festival. A four-year member of the West Virginia Highlanders, Ross also has played the bagpipe at many festival events.
"I am so honored to be selected. I wanted to be a Maid of Honor since I was a crown bearer," Ross said. "I really appreciate being chosen and I am excited to serve."
Trippett, 19, is the daughter of Duane and Jeri Trippett of Elkins. She is the granddaughter of Jerry and Joanne Pastine of Elkins and Walter and the late Shirley Trippett of Fairmont. Trippett was a flower girl in the 2003 Forest Festival. Her mother, Jeri, was an assistant director with the Forest Festival from 2002 to 2004, while her father served as an assistant in 2005. Her grandfather, Jerry, served on the photographer exhibit committee, while Joanne served on the Queen's Scrapbook committee in year's past.
"I am honored, proud, and I can't wait to start this journey of being a Maid of Honor in the festival," Trippett said. "I am looking forward to continuing the legacy of a long Forest Festival tradition."
Trippett graduated from Elkins High School in 2013 and will be a sophomore at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she has a Dean's Scholarship and also is a Mason Crickard Scholar. An athletic training major, she also attends on a golf scholarship and plays for the women's golf team, Division II, Mountain East Conference. She also received honorable mention all-conference.
The reception was catered by Chef Derrick Lantz, executive chef at Davis & Elkins College.
Elkins resident Connie Linger, who serves as the coronation costume designer for the Mountain State Forest Festival Royal Court, said that this year's costume fashion will take a draw from nature and feature early festival styles.
"The fashion will, kind of, look back to the earth or nature," Linger said.
"It will use early Forest Festival ideals like may have been seen in the earliest coronations of 1600s queens. I am going to really draw from nature a lot. That being said, the colors will draw from nature too."