, Corbin, KY


April 29, 2014

71st Annual May Day Festival is Friday

McGraw named May Queen, Jones named Tiny Queen

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

The May Queen and Tiny Queen for Friday’s May Day Festival have been named.

Emma Sarabeth McGraw, the 16-year-old daughter of Sandra Robinson and Bill Robinson, will be crowned the 2014 May Queen.

Abigail Jones, the 5-year-old daughter of Adam and Nikki Jones, will be crowned Tiny Queen.

Both McGraw and Jones will be crowned during this year’s May Day Festival event, this Friday at 7 p.m. at the Corbin Arena. Tickets for Friday’s event are now available through Ticketmaster, or at the Corbin Arena Box Office.

Brooke Danielle Way, May Queen 2013, will present the crown to Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney, who will crown Emma McGraw as 2014 May Queen.

This year’s May Queen enjoys playing guitar and painting, as well as being a member of the Corbin Swim Team, Corbin Tennis Team and the Corbin Golf Team.

Emma will be escorted by Andrew Reedy, the son of Maryann and Dr. Harold Reedy.

Addyson Mae Foley, Tiny Queen 2013, will crown Abigail Jones as 2014 Tiny Queen.

This year’s Tiny Queen enjoys gymnastics, ballet, cheerleading, soccer, church and crafts.

Abigail will be escorted by Cameron Smith, the five-year-old son of David and Laura Smith.

The attendants for this year’s May Queen’s Court were also released Monday.

Kayla Rebekah McDaniel, the 16-year-old daughter of Jason and Jessica Steely, will be the First Attendant to the Queen. Kayla will be escorted by Seth Heinss, the son of Tammy and Dr. Karl Heinss.

Anna Katherine Bingham, the 16-year-old daughter of Barry and Lisa Bingham, will be the Second Attendant to the Queen. Anna will be escorted by Caleb Parker, the son of Karen and Doug Parker.

Claire Ann Storms, the 15-year-old daughter of Karen and T. R. Storms, will be the Third Attendant to the Queen. Claire will be escorted by Caleb Parker, the son of Karen and Doug Parker.

Kris Starns, the 16-year-old daughter of Bob and Holly Starns, will be the Fourth Attendant to the Queen. Kris will be escorted by Kris Jordan, the son of Carol and Tom Jordan.

Keli Amanda Young, the 16-year-old daughter of Brian and Kim Young, will be the Fifth Attendant to the Queen. Amanda will be escorted by Dakota Joseph, the son of Melissa Campbell and Eugene Joseph.

Megan Brooke Jones, the 15-year-old daughter of Kimberley Jones and James Jones, will be the Sixth Attendant to the Queen. Megan will be escorted byHenry Harris, the son of Leeann Loiselle and Henry Harris II.

Other attendants to the Queen, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Keeli Elizabeth Barton, the 16-year-old daughter of Kim Barton and Steve Barton. Keeli will be escorted by Malachi Saunders, the son of Floetta Brown.

Alyssa Bishop, the 15-year-old daughter of John and Pam Bishop. Alyssa will be escorted by William Peace, the son of Barbara Peace.

Brena (Abby) Bryant, the 15-year-old daughter of Becky Barnet and Darren Bryant. Abby will be escorted by Kenneth B.. Hopper IV, the son of Lisa and Kenneth Harper.

Morgan Danielle Cathers, the 16-year-old daughter of Greg and Brandy Cathers. Morgan will be escorted by Robert Croley, the son of Kim and Bob Croley.

Jaclyn Carol Jewell, the 15-year-old daughter of Jackie and Karen Jewell. Jacklyn will be escorted by Joseph Ledford, the son of Jennifer and David Ledford.

Rachel Anne Logan, the 16-year-old daughter of Duane and Alicia Logan. Rachel will be escorted by Tanner Jordan, the son of Katrina and Rob Jordan.

Maryann Faye Pace, the 16-year-old daughter of James and Donna Pace. Maryann will be escorted by Jacob Partin, the son of Melissa and Floyd Partin.

Morgan Annalee Philpot, the 16-year-old daughter of Donnie and Ruthie Philpot. Morgan will be escorted by Hagen Hodges, the son of Kelly and Greg Hodges.

Kenzie Brianna Richardson, the 15-year-old daughter of Lee Richardson and Rodney Richardson. Kenzie will be escorted by Jaren Arena, the son of Rhonda Arena and Dr. Greg Arena.

And, Rebecca Danielle Swafford, the 15-year-old daughter of Jack and Kim Swafford. Rebecca will be escorted by Coby Cima, the son of Brandi and Michael Carter.

Also released Monday were the Tiny Queen’s Court, which will consist of:

Ayshia Marie Breay, the five-year-old granddaughter of Billy and Karin Rains of Woodbine, will be First Attendant to the Tiny Queen.

Michaela Grace McKiddy, the five-year-old daughter of Michael and Robin McKiddy, will be Second Attendant to the Tiny Queen.

Anslee Mouser, the six-yaer-old daughter of Jody and Natoshia Mouser, will be Third Attendant to the Tiny Queen.

And, Karlee Jaye Dickerson, the six-year-old daughter of Larry Dickerson and Rachel Dickerson, will be the Fourth Attendant to the Tiny Queen.

Other attendants to the Tiny Queen, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Lanea French, the four-year-old daughter of Joh-Mark and Megan French; Hailee Blair Hubbs, the five-year-old daughter of Dana and William Hubbs, Jr.; Berkeley Maguet, the four-year-old daughter of Matthew and Erin Maguet; and Payton Aleece Taylor, the five-year-old daughter of Stephen and Holly Taylor.

Trumpeters, who will herald the entrance of the Royal Court, will be Dawson Chase Farmer, son of Jeremy and Lindsay Farmer; and Samuel Mayer, son of Steve and Christine Mayer.

Flower Girls will be Millie Bray, daughter of Yalonda Clark and the late Adam Bray; and Mallory Rae Bradshaw, daughter of Allan and Chastity Bradshaw.

Trainbearers will be Logan Davidson, son of Staci and Zach Davidson; and Max Fox, son of Ryan Fox and Holly Goins.

Corbin High School’s Band Director, James Cornn, will serve as emcee for the coronation and this year’s program.

Following the crowing ceremonies, the Royal Courts will be honored with the presentation of the May Day program. That will begin with the traditional winding of the May Pole, presented by the Gail Frederick School of Dance.

This year’s theme of the event will be “May Day on Ice.” Students from classrooms at Corbin Preschool and Corbin Primary School will entertain the audience with ‘cool’ and ‘sparkling’ performances in acts with such names as “Penguins Like to Move It, Move It,” “The Icy Babies,” “Shivering Shuffle,” and “Dancing With the Stars-Diamond Remix.” Also included are “Disney on Ice,” “Freeze Frame,” “Fire and Ice Remix” and “Olaf’s Dream.”

The May Day Festival begins at 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased from Ticketmaster, or at the Corbin Arena box office in advance or on the night of the event. Anyone purchasing tickets may select a designated seating area for $5, $7 or $12 for adults, while discounted tickets will be available for children and students.

Presented each year by the GFWC KY Ossoli Club of Corbin, this year’s May Day Festival will be the club’s 71st annual presentation of the Festival.

All proceeds from the event are used to fund worthwhile community causes and classroom needs of the children participating in the event. Each year, half of the May Day proceeds go directly to the classrooms and groups participating in the program. The other half is used for community improvement projects throughout the year.

In previous years, large projects benefiting from the proceeds have included significant contributions to building improvements at Corbin High School and Saint Camillus Academy. However, May Day proceeds each year also benefit a number of programs, including the Girl Scouts, Corbin’s United Effort, and the Corbin Public Library.

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