Homecoming queens from high schools throughout Washington County gathered Saturday afternoon at the Alsatia Club before Saturday night’s Mummers Parade.
Through the luck of the draw, one of them would be named queen of the parade.
Chuck Metz, chairman of club’s Princesses and Queens Committee, explained the process.
“This is the way we pick. We have the same number of necklaces as girls. They are all identical. But they all say ‘Alsatia Mummers Parade Princess,’ and only one says ‘Queen,’” he said. “Pick a bag.”
Each of nine young ladies chose a blue gift bag with silver tissue paper. Though 10 were eligible, one was unable to attend.
“Ope! I got it,” Erica Hargreaves said.
Miss Maryland Joanna Guy crowned Hargreaves, gave her a dozen roses and wrapped her in a royal blue robe.
Hargreaves, 16, of Smithsburg, said she did not know when she was crowned Smithsburg High School’s homecoming queen that it entailed participating in the Mummers Parade and possibly being its queen.
“I didn’t realize,” she said. “I’ve gone to the parade since I was little, but I never really thought about the whole queen and princess thing. It’s cool, though. It’s really neat.”
Hargreaves said she was surprised she chose the winning necklace. She plays soccer, she said, and never wins the coin toss.
Her parents, Eddie and Melissa Hargreaves, said they were pleased that their daughter would represent her school and the parade.
“This is quite an honor. And she’s got that nice robe, so she won’t be chilly,” Melissa Hargreaves said.
Hargreaves and the eight parade princesses left the club and got into a black limousine that awaited them out front. They complimented one another on their shoes and mascara on the way.
Before entering the limo, Alexis Barone, 17, of Hagerstown, representing St. Maria Goretti High School, stopped to pose for a picture with the parade’s grand marshal, Kelly Wright. Wright, a reporter for Fox News, is an alumnus of Goretti.
Miss Western Maryland Grace Herpel, Miss Washington County Mary Teal Mulligan, Miss Western Maryland Outstanding Teen Sara Farmer and Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen Kennedy Taylor also attended the crowning.
Queens for a day
The following were named homecoming queens at their Washington County schools and were eligible to be named queen of the Alsatia Mummers Parade:
Barbara Ingram School for the Arts — Leah Harrell
Boonsboro — Shelby Griffith
Clear Spring — Sarah Blickenstaff
Hancock — Brooke Mann
North Hagerstown — Caroline Bradford
St. Maria Goretti — Alexis Barone
Smithsburg — Erica Hargreaves
South Hagerstown — Brett Jamison
Washington County Technical — Simone Brown
Williamsport — Lauren Weicht