One memory stands out for me and always makes me laugh. We -- the members of the 1951 Rose Festival Court -- were honored at a luncheon by the Kiwanis Club. As [Queen] Gloria Krieger was unable to speak, I was given an additional topic for my speech -- so I spoke twice to a large room filled with Kiwanis members, Royal Rosarians and other guests.
It was a happy day and everyone was relaxed, with the Festival events over.
In my speech I was to include a story, so I spoke about our many Royal Rosarian escorts as 'the little men in the white suits.' It was one of those slips that couldn't be covered up and people laughed uproariously. I don't remember how I made amends, but the entire crowd didn't stop laughing for a long time.
I'd like to dedicate the recipe for 'Gumdrop Cookies' I submited to the Centennial Cookbook ["Recipes & Roses" is available Here] to all the dear Rosarians who walked with us everywhere -- "To you, Royal and Loyal Rosarians!"
~Loie M. Mead (1951 Princess, Grant high school)