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The Winner of the
Search for Queen Thelma Program

As part of the Rose Festival’s award-winning Living History, 2014 has seen the Search for Thelma — a contest that became a reenactment of the selection of the first Rose Festival Queen, Thelma Hollingsworth. Back in 1914, 17-year-old Thelma was selected by her boss to become a candidate for Rose Festival Queen. That year young women had to work for this honor, selling votes to the public, ten for a penny. In 2014, the finalists — Marisa Pieper, Adeena Wade and Shelby Hansmann [seen left to right, below] — encouraged the public to vote with pennies, that are being donated to the Knight Cancer Challenge (the Rose Festival’s official charity). They had a total of 163,453 votes (the total amount collected for donation is $1,634.53)!

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All three young women rode on The Oregonian float in tonight’s Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade. The results of the ‘penny count’ were announced on Live television: Shelby Hansmann was officially selected to portray Queen Thelma! She’ll be riding The Oregonian float in next week’s Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade (on Saturday, June 7).

Best wishes to all three girls — and CONGRATULATIONS to Shelby!

Read MORE about our Living History program.