Elizabeth Goode Represents LWC at 81st Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival
Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2011 [9:42 PM]
PINEVILLE, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College
student Elizabeth Goode had a regal experience this Memorial Day
weekend. Goode represented the college at the 81st-annual Kentucky Mountain
Laurel Festival, held May 26-29 in this Southeastern Kentucky
Goode, an education senior from Somerset, Ky., was one of 20
female students who were nominated by their respective colleges and
universities to be the festival's queen.
During the festival's first three days, the queen candidates
appear at numerous public events, where they are observed by
anonymous judges. Gov. Steve Beshear crowned Jefra Kaysi Bland of
the University of Kentucky the festival's 81st queen on Saturday
afternoon during a ceremony at Pine Mountain State Resort Park.
The four-day event is the second oldest continuous festival in
the commonwealth after the Kentucky Derby. It commemorates the
arrival of Dr. Thomas Walker, the first non-native explorer to
enter what is now Kentucky through the Cumberland Gap. The queen is
crowned in Pine Mountain State Resort Park's bucolic Laurel Cove
amphitheater. The crowning ceremony was emceed by former Gov. Paul
Patton, who is president of Pikeville (Ky.) College.
Goode, who has been named to the college's President's or Dean's
lists every semester she has been at Lindsey Wilson, is one of the
LWC Bonner Leaders. She is an intern this summer at the Center for Rural