Fun times at Laurel Festival

The royal court: Laurel King runner-up Zachary Lafreniere, Laurel King Dylan Thomson, Laurel Queen Grace Valickis and Laurel Queen runner-up Anhthy Pham wave to the crowd at the conclusion of the Laurel Festival on June 11. Photo by Shaw Israel Izikson

WINSTED —  A new Laurel King and Queen were crowned during the 83rd annual Laurel Festival, which was held on Friday, June 9, and Sunday, June 11.

The town tradition dates back to 1934.

While a Laurel Queen has always been crowned at the end of each festival, the crowning of a Laurel King started last year.

This year, eight girls and two boys competed against each other for the crowns.

The festival started on June 9 at the Crystal Peak Ballroom with the traditional Laurel Ball.

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