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Past Cherry Queens

Meet Our National Cherry Festival Queens

For decades we've upheld the tradition of crowning one accomplished, local, young lady as our Cherry Queen. Below we're showcasing each Queen we've had throughout the years. Respectfully, during WWII and the Great Depression the festival took a hiatus, which is why you'll see Queens missing for those years.
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1925

Gertrude Brown
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1928

Helen Boughey
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1931

Maxine Weaver
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1934

Anna May York
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1937

Eliene Lyon
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1940

Barbara Brown
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1948

Vonnie Verno
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1951

Mary Lonn Trapp
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1954

Gail Krahnke
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1957

Kay Lahym
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1960

Murrie Tompkins
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1963

Mary Kardes
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1966

Mary Jane Nolan
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1969

Barbara Ann Beckett
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1972

Trudy Yarnell
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1975

Dorinda Murray
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1978

Ann Alward
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1981

Lynn VanBogelen
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1984

Kimberlee Broome
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1987

Cindy Pleva
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1991

Mitzie McKay
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1993

Ami Lynn Curtiss
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1996

Amy Houdek
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1999

Erin Sullivan
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2002

Ashley Prusick
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2005

Courtney Fountain
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2008

Megan Umulis
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2011

Jordan Blaker
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2014

Chelsea Lajko
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1926

Charlotte Kearns
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1929

Margaret Bachi
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1932

Carolyn Hazzard
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1935

Genevieve Pepera
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1938

Josephine LaFrainer
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1941

Christie Michels
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1949

Anne Maurer
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1952

Ruth Madonna Belanger
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1955

Sharon Dolan
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1958

Marcia Wamsley
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1961

LuEllen Benson
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1964

Elaine Sanford
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1967

Linda Kaye Christie
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1970

Paula Ann Maxwell
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1973

Rebecca Jean Rolsen
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1976

Carol Murry Grishaw
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1979

Marlene Polus
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1982

Cheryl Powell
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1985

Michele Reitz
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1988

Holly Ann Clark
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1990

Karen Brzeznski
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1994

Christina Wills
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1997

Miranda Kogelman
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2000

Jennifer Brakel
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2003

Kelly Plucinski
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2006

Kaley Schroeder
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2009

Angela Sayler
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2012

Meg Howard
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2015

Danielle Bott
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1927

No festival held during the depression.
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1930

Signe Holmer
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1933

Morella Oldham
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1936

Ardis Manney
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1939

Jean Halmond
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1942-1947

No festival due to World War II.
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1950

Joyce English
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1953

Everil Meloche
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1956

Nancy Phillips
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1959

Melissa Tornberg
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1962

Geri Schmidt
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1965

Linda Hale
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1968

Julie Ann Hamilton
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1971

Trudy Ann Lindsay
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1974

Lois Jean Rider
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1977

Patricia Cima
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1980

Susan Smith
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1983

Angel Dunn
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1986

Joy VanderSteen
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1989

Elizabeth Gertz
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1992

Susan Beth Olney
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1995

Sara Veliquette
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1998

Kelli Kaberle
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2001

Kelsey Hewitt
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2004

Maggie Schneider
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2007

Danielle Moss
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2010

Maria LaCross
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2013

Sonya Sayler
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2016

Abbey Kaufman
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