New rose royalty crowned

STATE CENTER – Kenadey Porter has family rooted in State Center, which is nice because that makes her qualified to represent the town for the next year.

Porter was crowned the 2014 State Center Rose Festival Rose Queen Friday night in the Rose Garden.

Porter, 17, is the daughter of Greg and Kristin Porter of State Center and will be a senior this fall at West Marshall High School.

“I’m very honored,” Porter said. “I grew up in this town and my dad grew up in this town, so I’m very excited.”

Taking the runner-up of the seven contestants was Mackenzie Coberley, who is the 2014 Rose Princess. Coberley is from Nevada and is going to be a senior this fall at West Marshall.

“I think this is an awesome community,” Coberley said.

The contestants took part in a pageant earlier in the week with a talent and essay competition. Charlie Hannam was the talent winner and Adelaide Wilkinson was the essay winner. Queen candidate Hannah Hibbs won a new award this year – the outstanding character award.

The Little Ms. Rose Bud and Mr. Rose Bud were randomly selected Friday night and went to Arya Wertz, 6, and Jaymes Metzger, 7. They will join the queen and princess in parades and other events representing State Center over the next year.

Friday marked the first time in three years the weather has allowed the coronation to be held outside at the Rose Garden. State Center Mayor Harlan Quick addressed the big crowd at the start of the coronation.

“The Rose Festival is a celebration of our community and its people,” Quick said.

The Rose Festival continues with the 10 a.m. parade Saturday and events throughout the day. Fireworks are planned for dusk Saturday night.

Sunday’s events are highlighted by the Midwest Truck Pull from 1 to 5 p.m. at West Marshall High School.