Kendall Murdock and Sierra Steele will be the 2018-19 Warrens Cranberry Festival princesses, and Cassandra Carlson or Ellie Eswein will be 2018-19 Cranberry Festival queen.

The festival committee selects two princesses and a queen every year to represent the village of Warrens and the local cranberry industry during parades, community festivals and business-related events.

The two queen candidates are:

Cassandra Carlson

Cassandra is the 18-year-old daughter of Robert and Kristi Carlson of Tomah. She is in the 12th grade at Tomah High School and is employed at Jimmy John’s. At school, Cassandra participates in INTERACT high school Rotary Club, golf, forensics and International Club. She is also a class officer and student council member. In the community, she has volunteered with Chasing Daylight Animal Shelter, Wine Into Water banquet and Rotary lights set up. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, playing piano, practicing yoga, creating art, playing board and card games and spending time with friends.

Ellie Eswein

Ellie is the 16-year-old daughter of Eric and Michelle Eswein of Tomah. She is in the 11th grade at Tomah High School and participates in DECA, student council, track and field and dance. She is active with her church youth group and the Special Olympics program, and in her free time enjoys dancing, running, hiking, swimming, biking and spending time with her family and friends.

There were only two girls who applied for princess. Serving as cranberry princesses for the next 12 months will be:

Kendall Murdock

Kendall is the 12-year-old daughter of Ryan Murdock and Layna Waege of Tomah. She is in the seventh grade at Tomah Middle School and enjoys playing soccer. Kendall has volunteered at her church with vacation Bible school, and in her free time enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. Kendall said that if selected as a Cranberry Festival princess, she would view it as an opportunity and an adventure.

Sierra Steele

Sierra is the 14-year-old daughter of Ryan and Shana Steele of Tomah. She attends Tomah High School, where she is in the ninth grade. Sierra participates in FFA, DECA, hockey, rodeo, religious education classes, is vice president of the class of 2022 and has been on the academic high honor roll. In her free time, Sierra has volunteered with community service projects, the mobile food pantry and at her church as an alter server. Her hobbies include horse riding, babysitting and spending time with her family. Sierra said that she is proud to be a fifth-generation cranberry grower by helping on the marsh throughout the year and at special events like Cranberry Blossom Day and Harvest Day and would be honored to represent the Cranberry Festival and industry as a Cranberry Festival princess.

Queen candidates are 16-21 years old, never married and childless. A previous titleholder may not seek the same title she has already held.

Princess candidates are ages 12-15. A cranberry princess may not seek the title of Cranberry Queen until one year after her previous title was held.

Candidates are be judged on an introduction and interview with judges concerning personality, charm and grooming, poise, posture, past achievements, and speaking ability. Also all candidates are judged on a 3-minute cranberry food demonstration.

The Warrens Cranberry Festival is always held on the final full weekend of September. This year’s festival is Sept. 28-30.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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