2006-06-10 / People

1956 Island Lilac Queen Still Reigns Over Annual Festival

Judy Bynoe received her new crown from Sam Barnwell, whose grandfather, Mayor Sam McIntire, crowned her in 1956 when she was Lilac Queen. She is holding the original crown, which was handmade by Stella King. Judy Bynoe received her new crown from Sam Barnwell, whose grandfather, Mayor Sam McIntire, crowned her in 1956 when she was Lilac Queen. She is holding the original crown, which was handmade by Stella King. Fifty years ago, Judy Dufina Bynoe was crowned Mackinac Island's Lilac Queen with a headpiece handcrafted by Stella King, who organized the annual event. This year, Ms. Bynoe has received a new crown to commemorate her reign over the event a half-century ago. Placing the tiara was Sam Barnwell, the grandson of Mayor Sam McIntire, who crowned the queen in 1956.

The Lilac Queen has been an important part of the Lilac Festival tradition since it began in 1949.

Then, a police booth where the Taxi Stand is today, was used to post photographs of the Lilac Queen candidates and the public selected the winner. One year, Ms. Bynoe recalls, a pageant was held at Grand Hotel. Today, the candidates are nominated and selected by their high school classmates.

This year's Lilac Queen will be Melissa Bunker. The other candidates, Emily St. Onge, Christina McLean, Miranda McMahon, Karlena Mosley, and Kristi Kamphuis, will be present at the coronation Friday, June 9, at 5:30 p.m. in Marquette Park, where Mayor Margaret Doud will present the crown.

The Lilac Princess, who is chosen from entry slips shuffled and drawn from a hat, will be Keely Johnson, the daughter of Jeff and Meg Ferguson. Mr. Ferguson is a high school science teacher on the Island. Past Lilac Queens are: 1949 Sue Perault 1950 Mary Dennany 1951 Jeanie Vance 1952 Catherine McGreevy 1953 Joann Goodheart 1954 Linda Horn 1955 Unknown 1956 Judy Dufina 1957 Alice Bunker 1958 Sandra Gallagher 1959 Anna Joyce Andress 1960 Sharon Schmidt 1961 Joann Sawyer 1962 Beverly Brown 1963 Margaret Doud 1964 Nancy Chambers 1965 Nancy Pfeiffelman         and Cindy Francis 1966 Melly Alford 1967 Loretta Cowell 1968 Cathy Cowell 1969 Deborah Rogers 1970 Deborah DeLavern 1971 Dorothy Gillespie 1972 Patty Trayser 1973 Amanda St. Onge 1974 Cindy Cadotte 1975 Barbara Gillespie 1976 Ellen Putnam 1977 Martha Bodwin 1978 Joyce Olson 1979 Midge Bodwin 1980 Anna Rogers 1981 Margaret Gallagher 1982 Carol Ouellette 1983 Velma LaPine 1984 Tonya Bazinau 1985 Tammy LaPine 1986 Louann Kolatski 1987 Michelle McLean 1988 Doris Bradley 1989 Katrina Platzke 1990 Vanessa Smith 1991 Heather Chambers 1992 Mariah Horn 1993 Lisa Doud 1994 Tawna Urman 1995 Erica Jones 1996 Peggy Bynoe 1997 Jennifer Putnam 1998 Heather Campagnola 1999 Christine Ball 2000 Tracy Quinter 2001 Polly Smith 2002 Roxanne Pettit 2003 Sara Wessel 2004 Jennifer Wightman 2005 Blisse Beardsley

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