The Royal Pageant of Fashion and Luncheon Tradition Continues At The National Cherry Festival
Cherries and couture?
Yes it can happen.
But that’s just part of what the Royal Pageant of Fashion and Luncheon is all about.
"Today we are celebrating 90 years of fun and fashion.”
The Royal Pageant of Fashion and Luncheon is one of those events that is certainly cemented in history, going back to the 1930’s.
"It’s such a great tradition for so many people in town moms, grandmas, aunts, uncles, the queen and the court family, relatives,” says Director, Paula Prusick.
But over the years, this has become so much more to director Paula Prusick, and her best friend, linda brick.
"Always the assistant, but behind every director is a great assistant,” says Assistant Director, Lina Brick.
They started doing this together 13 years ago.
"She thinks it through every detail and I’m kind of her sidekick that helps her relax during the whole thing. She’s really the organization,” says Brick.
But there was a devastating change for these close knit friends.
"We’re the same group of women who’ve been doing it for 13 years and we just enjoy each other, have lived through each other’s highs and lows, this is a tough year because of losing Laurie Loomis," says Brick.
Laurie Loomis died last month in a car crash. Her store, Raven’s Child is always very involved in this event and the National Cherry Festival.
"The very generous one is Raven’s Child who outfits the queen and court every year, Laurie was always tremendous about that we miss her so much,” says Prusick.
But the show must go on, in their friend’s memory — helping other families make memories of their own.
"It’s the camaraderie, it’s the fashion, it’s just the fun of it," says Brick.
Meijer is the big sponsor of Wednesday’s event.
They are one of 12 area stores that provided models and outfits for Wednesday’s show.