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Princesses Won’t Be Frozen Out of 2017 Festival

Festival to Delay Start Time for Annual Court Judging Saturday

Princess selection for the 2017 Rose Festival Court presented by Unitus Community Credit Union, scheduled for this Saturday morning, February 4, will delay its start time due to adverse weather concerns. The Rose Festival will push back the starting time for the annual judging event by one hour for all judges, volunteers and candidates. The Rose Festival is ready to extend the judging session for the entire day to accommodate those who may be impacted by poor road conditions.

“We have seen enough severe weather conditions recently to take any threat seriously,” says Marilyn Clint, Rose Festival Chief Operating Officer. “However with forecasts calling for a let up by Saturday, we are optimistic that, with this delay, we will be able to get everyone through and have our finalists by the end of the day.”

Marilyn noted that the Festival staff and volunteers are prepared to stay as long as it takes Saturday to make sure any student who can’t make the morning schedule will still have a chance to make a presentation. Each candidate has already been assigned a group, and judging time should add an hour to their start time — meaning the first group will check at 9:15 a.m. If any of the students cannot make for their time slot, they will have a phone number to call to schedule a later time in the day. (Currently the Festival has 32 community volunteer judges and 76 candidates scheduled for the annual Princess selection.)