Apple Blossom Festival is excluding candidates, says councillor
Councillor Emma Van Rooyen thinks old-fashioned rules are excluding potential contenders
A county councillor in the Annapolis Valley wants to open up the contest to be crowned Queen Annapolisa at the Apple Blossom Festival.
The crowning of Queen Annapolisa in the Apple Blossom Festival is a tradition that spans 82 years.
Emma Van Rooyen thinks old-fashioned rules are excluding potential contenders.
King's-District 2 councillor Emma Van Rooyen objects to those restrictions.
“Some of the most inspiring people in my life are people who are single mothers,” she said. “Some of them haven't graduated high school but they have huge leadership capacity and more resourcefulness than a lot of people I know.”
She said those people should also have the chance to be celebrated in the community.
Van Rooyen voted against the festival's annual $12,000 grant even though she's behind the event as a whole.
“Society has evolved, tradition should be revisited,” she said.
“I can't say things will happen fast. Not all changes do. But we will certainly work with the county and everybody else involved to resolve any issues,” he said.
Any changes to the competition rules would have to happen next year.
The winner of this year's Apple Blossom Festival leadership competition will be crowned on Friday night.