2007-06-16 / Top News

Kristi Kamphuis Is Queen

By Eric Fish

2007 Lilac Queen Kristi Kamphuis poses with 2005 Miss Teen of Michigan Nicole Hinchman. Miss Hinchman participated in her second Lilac Festival and helped welcome Ms. Kamphuis to community service. 2007 Lilac Queen Kristi Kamphuis poses with 2005 Miss Teen of Michigan Nicole Hinchman. Miss Hinchman participated in her second Lilac Festival and helped welcome Ms. Kamphuis to community service. Blooming lilacs of all colors around Mackinac Island helped celebrate the opening of the 58th annual Lilac Festival Friday, June 8.

"It's a special time on Mackinac," Mayor Margaret Doud said during the crowning of the 2007 Lilac Queen. "It's a time for the year-around residents to come together, as well as the tourists that come to see us."

Mayor Doud has fond memories of the Island's first Lilac Day in 1949.

"I was on the court with the Lilac Queen Sue [Perault] Chambers," she said. "I date back a few years, but it's been a wonderful experience and every year we look forward to Lilac Day."

She gathered last Friday at the Chippewa Hotel with 2006 Queen Melissa Bunker, the Revered Vincent Carroll of Little Stone Church, Tourism Bureau Director Mary McGuire Slevin, and 2005 Miss Teen of Michigan Nicole Hinchman to crown Kristi Kamphuis the Lilac Queen for 2007 and Dana Roguska as Lilac Princess. Karlena Mosley, Shayleen Mosley, and Rhodene "Michi" Mullings serve on the queen's court.

Mayor Margaret Doud crowns Dana Roguska as the 2007 Lilac Princess Friday, June 8, at the Chippewa Hotel. Miss Roguska will be a fifth grader at the Mackinac Island Public School in the fall. Mayor Margaret Doud crowns Dana Roguska as the 2007 Lilac Princess Friday, June 8, at the Chippewa Hotel. Miss Roguska will be a fifth grader at the Mackinac Island Public School in the fall. Dana Roguska will be entering fifth grade in the fall, while Michi Mullings and Shayleen Mosley will be entering 11th grade. Karlena Mosley will be a senior at Mackinac Island Public School in the fall.

Queen Kristi Kamphuis is a 2007 graduate of Mackinac Island Public School and will be attending Grand Valley State University in the fall.

"It means a lot," she said of the honor. "Most girls want to be the Lilac Queen."

Her duties as Lilac Queen will include participating in the Taste of Mackinac and opening Fort Mackinac at the beginning of the season next May. In addition, Miss Kamphuis will represent the Island at any off-Island events she attends.

Weber's Floral and Gift Shop provided flowers for the event and will provide the queen and her court with flowers for the Grand Parade Sunday, June 17. The Queen and her court were also given a gift from Harrisonville General Store and dinner at Grand Hotel, lunch and golf at Mission Point Resort, lunch at Mighty Mac, and lunch at the Mustang Lounge. In addition, the Queen will have her hair done for the Grand Parade at 7th Heaven Salon and was given a gift certificate to Mackinac Wheels. The Queen and Princess also received savings bonds from First National Bank.

Mayor Margaret Doud (left) and 2006 Lilac Queen Melissa Bunker (right) crown 2007 Queen Kristi Kamphuis Friday, June 8, at the Chippewa Hotel. Miss Kamphuis will serve as Queen for one year. Her duties include opening Fort Mackinac in the spring, participating in the Taste of Mackinac, and representing the Island at off-Island events. Mayor Margaret Doud (left) and 2006 Lilac Queen Melissa Bunker (right) crown 2007 Queen Kristi Kamphuis Friday, June 8, at the Chippewa Hotel. Miss Kamphuis will serve as Queen for one year. Her duties include opening Fort Mackinac in the spring, participating in the Taste of Mackinac, and representing the Island at off-Island events. Following the coronation ceremonies, the court enjoyed a reception at Patrick Sinclair's Irish Pub.

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