Generations Collide For Lilac Festival Queens | Community Spirit
Their reigns are separated by 69 years, but the generation gap was filled with one thing in common, royalty.
This year's Lilac Festival Royal Court met with Bobbee Judd Eddy, the 1942 queen of the Lilac Festival. This year's royal court attended Ladies Night on Thursday at The Waterford on Spokane's South Hill. Bobbee Judd Eddy, picked in 1942 as the Lilac Queen, is the oldest living queen in Washington at age 87.
The two queens and princesses talked about taking part in the time honored tradition.
Bobbee plans to wear lilac and purple for the occasion and says, “I’ve always been struck by the beauty of this season: It’s a beautiful time of year. It was fascinating to be queen, but I admit I wasn’t used to the attention. Today’s young women are very intelligent, and they’re so broad in their scope of interests. It will be an honor to talk with them.”
The Spokane Lilac Festival is a week-long series of events that culminates in the Armed Forces Torchlight parade — the largest in the U.S. The parade always is held the third Saturday of May.