After a 35-year hiatus the Lebanon Strawberry Festival has reinstated the Strawberry Festival Junior Court.
The junior court made their first public appearance on April 12 at Santiam Place during the Strawberry Festival's annual social. The 2018 Junior Strawberry Princesses are Zoey Stanger, of Sand Ridge Charter School, Savannah Baker, of East Linn Christian Academy, Madison Adams, of Riverview School, Lissiana Shumaker, of Green Acres School, Remie Hutson, of Cascades school, Maci Kau, of Pioneer School, Brooke Fountain, of Hamilton Creek School, and Tatum McKain, of Lacomb School.
While the court is open to homeschooled students, the festival received no applications.
With the new court brings a new position to the festival board: Junior Court Chaperone. That honor belongs to 2016 Strawberry Festival Queen Haley Smith.
Smith said that position was a great way to be involved in the community, and to give back to the community by showing the young girls the volunteer opportunities they have in Lebanon.
"I think it's fantastic," Smith said of having the junior court.
Jami Cate, Chair of the Strawberry Festival Board, helped organize the new junior court. The Junior court is comprised of second grade girls from all Lebanon area elementary school.
For the debut the second grade court wore white dresses, with peach colored blouses. The Strawberry Festival Princesses gave the junior court their sashes and crowned them each with tiaras.
"It's a bunch of little girls wearing matching dresses and tiaras, you can't not be happy," Cate said.