2018-06-09 / News

2018 Lilac Festival Queen, Princess Look Forward to Coronation

By Marley Tucker


Hannah Styburski, as the 2018 Lilac Festival Queen, wants to spread kindness during her reign. This year’s Lilac Festival Princess, Anna Kaminen, will turn 10 years old Saturday, June 30. She looks forward to the Lilac Festival Grand Parade and to having fun. Hannah Styburski, as the 2018 Lilac Festival Queen, wants to spread kindness during her reign. This year’s Lilac Festival Princess, Anna Kaminen, will turn 10 years old Saturday, June 30. She looks forward to the Lilac Festival Grand Parade and to having fun. Hannah Styburski and Anna Kaminen will reign as the queen and princess, respectively, of this year’s Lilac Festival.

Coronation of the festival queen and princess, a time-honored tradition on Mackinac Island, is an opening event in the 10-day-long festival celebrating Mackinac Island art, horticulture, and cultural traditions. The coronation takes place at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9, on Windermere Point. Music begins at 4:30 p.m.

Each year’s queen and princess are chosen from students at the Mackinac Island Public School. The ceremonial crowning dates from 1949, when Sue Perault Chambers was elected the first queen. Since then, there have been 69 of them.

The queen represents the Island community in the Lilac Parade and at other major functions during her one-year reign. By tradition, Cheyla Shunk, the 2017 lilac queen, will crown the new one. Cheyla was graduated from the Island school this month.

Candace Smith, Harrisonville General Store owner and organizer of the Lilac Festival coronations, said judges of the queen and princess competition consider attitude, regal disposition, and degree of involvement in the community. Each member of the court receives a bouquet of flowers, a decorated sash, and a gift bag donated by local businesses.

Visitors to the Stuart House Museum on Market Street can ask to view Lilac Books containing archived materials about the history of the competition. The Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau sponsors the coronation. Many other businesses contribute to the event as well.

Former Lilac Queens are encouraged to attend a photo and punch reception at the Stuart House on Sunday, June 17, at 1 p.m.

Here are profiles of this year’s Lilac Festival queen and princess.

Hannah Styburski

Hannah has grown up on the Island with siblings Mabel, Ottilia, and Christian. She was the 2009 lilac princess and a member of the 2017 queen’s court. She just completed her sophomore year.

An honor roll student, she competed on the track and field, volleyball, and soccer teams. She loves basketball and plays center on the school team. Hannah also enjoys art, particularly using oil pastels.

Between work at Nadia’s Fashion Shop on Fort Street and activities with her family, she takes time to appreciate natural features prominent on the Island; dark-purple lilacs and forget-me-nots are her favorite flowers to watch bloom in springtime.

Excited to begin her junior year, she plans to enjoy the summer and her obligations as Lilac queen.

“I want to focus on kindness and making people feel welcome,” she said. “I know who I want to be and I know no one can stop me from grabbing my future with two hands. I’m a bit different from other girls in the past and I hope to have that help me this next year.”

Anna Kaminen

Anna wanted to be a princess like her friends who have held the honor.

“Being on the big float, dressing up, and being in the parade is just the kind of thing that every girl wants to do,” she said. “My favorite Disney princess is Cinderella, and this kind of reminds me of her.”

Anna loves social studies and is in the geography club. She is also involved with the 4-H Horse Club. She loves horses and the color purple, which she says is appropriate because of the Lilac Festival. She has a brother, Jack, enjoys family activities, and likes camping.

This summer, Anna wants to start taking lessons in golf and tennis, but also work on mathematics and her reading list. She just completed her fourth grade year.

This spring, Anna played the part of Mrs. Soames in the Mission Point production of “Our Town.” She and her friends have created a drama club at school and look forward to staging a production for family and friends. The students plan to design and practice for the play in June, she said, and perhaps perform it next winter.

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