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Down memory lane with Laurel Fest queens

Donna Soucy, the 1983 Laurel Queen, is one of the past competition winners who is sharing memories in advance of the 2018 Laurel Festival. Photo submitted

WINSTED — This year’s Winsted Laurel Festival is scheduled for June 10. In addition to the other festivities, past queens are being invited back to take part in the parade and have a seat of honor on the bandstand when the 2018 queen is crowned.

The Laurel Festival was started in 1934 and named for the state flower, the mountain laurel, which grows in abundance around Winsted. The first Laurel Queen was crowned that year, in what was, in those days, a beauty pageant; the competition has since become a scholarship competition.

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