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Riding a Float and Dancing for the Queen's Coronation in 1934

Back in 1934, I was a dance student in the Wagner & Huston Dance Studio. I was also a niece of Francis Huston, who was one of the partners.

My grandmother and another aunt had booths at the Co-op Farmer's Market located on SW Yamhill Street in downtown Portland. My cousin and I -- along with other dance students -- rode on the Co-op Farmer's Market float in the Grand Floral Parade.

Betty on the 1934 Farmer's Co-Op Float

Betty on the 1934 Farmer's Co-Op Float -- Close-up

Later that day they had the Queen's Coronation, and we preformed a dance as part of the evening's entertainment. It was held in the Multnomah Stadium (now the PGE park). In the middle of the field they built a large wooden floor that could be used for a stage.

We were so proud to be part of the Rose Festival festivities! I was nine years old at the time. (As you can see the floats were not as fancy as they are today.)

~Betty Jean (Otness) Englert

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