Florida Strawberry Festival royalty was celebrated Monday night at the Neighborhood Village building, where the current Queen and her Court got the first look at the newest Queen’s Exhibit.
The regal gallery, impossible to miss, houses photos, crowns, sashes and other items curators Marsha Passmore and Dodie White have collected over the years and is a grand tribute to every woman that’s ever been Queen or on a Court.
The giant row of plaques for each year’s royalty is bookended by two special sections: one for the newest Queen and one for a past Queen the sisters choose to highlight. When Queen Meghan White, First Maid Kennedy Sapp and Court members Denim Hughes, Lacie Collins and Emma Miller walked in, Meghan White’s gown from that evening was the first thing they saw. They also spent a lot of time at the other end of the exhibit. This year’s featured past Queen is Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, who reigned in 1993. Moody was unable to make it to the reveal, but by the end of the night her cell phone was full of pictures of the current Queen and Court admiring the display and posing next to it.
After the Queen and Court were finished checking out the exhibit and taking photos with the other attendees, they were given gift bags and big hugs.