Apple Blossom names first third-generation Queen

The 97th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival has named Joy Elizabeth Beranga as Queen Shenandoah.

Festival President Sharen Gromling shared the announcement at an event on Thursday evening.

For the 100th anniversary of the Festival, the Queen was chosen with generational significance in mind.

Joy is the daughter of Tryne Vance Brlanga, Queen Shenandoah in 2001, and the granddaughter of Susan Ford Bales, Queen Shenandoah in 1975.

Susan was originally crowned by her father, President Gerald Ford.

This is the first time in Apple Blossom history that a family has shared the reign as queen from grandmother to daughter to granddaughter.

Joy will continue the family tradition at the Queen’s Coronation on Friday May 3rd at 1:30 pm at the Patsy Cline Auditorium in John Handley High School.

The Queen and her Royal Family will attend many Festival events and ride in the Firefighters’ and Grand Feature Parade.

Joy is currently a senior at Independence High School in Texas and plans to attend Colorado State University in the Fall majoring in landscape architecture.

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