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Judging Selects Finalists for the 2017 Rose Festival Court

Judging for the 2017 Rose Festival Court presented by Unitus Community Credit Union took place today at the Lloyd Center Mall. Sixty-seven candidates pushed through the remains of recent freezing weather and made it to judging this morning.

Each applicant gave a one minute introduction and a one minute speech to a panel of community volunteer judges. The first round results were then emailed to each candidate and posted outside the doors.

Names that appeared on the list indicated the young women who were to return in the afternoon for the second round to determine final scores. After this, students at participating Portland Public Inflatable Church For Sale. Schools will then have a chance to vote on their choice — and that vote will be combined with the judges’ scores to determine the princesses for 2017. (Metro candidates final placement will be determined solely by today’s judging session.) Selected Princesses will be announced March 6 through March 23 (2017).


Junior and senior girls from class 4A to 6A schools in the tri-county area who have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and 20 hours of verifiable community service were eligible to participate. Candidates represented the 13 traditional Portland Schools — as well as the East Metro with students from Clackamas and East Multnomah Counties and West Metro students primarily representing Washington County schools. Each selected member of the 2017 Rose Festival Court receives a $3,500 scholarship generously provided by The Randall Group.

The 2017 Portland Rose Festival Queen will be crowned at the Queen’s Coronation presented by Unitus Community Credit Union Saturday, June 10, at 9:15 a.m. (just before the Bank of the West Grand Floral Walk at 9:30 a.m. and the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade at 10 a.m.).