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Rose Queens Past and Present Convene for Conversation, Cuisine and Comradery

December 23rd, 2009 by Terry Miller

2010 Rose Queen Natalie Innocenzi came to celebrate the history of the tournament at Tournament House Tuesday morning where she and 35 former Rose Queens attended a luncheon in their honor celebrating the Tournament’s rich and lengthy history.

The oldest-living Rose Queen, 88-year-old Margaret Main, the 1940 Rose Queen, and Sally Rabsaman, the 1941 Rose Queen, were just two of the former Queens giving their advice to the freshman Queen Natalie at the annual event. 100 people attended the luncheon, including 35 former Rose Queens.

Collages of pictures of former queens were spread throughout the Tournament House, including photos of Hallie Woods, the first Rose Queen in 1905.

The ladies posed for photographs before lunch. We asked Margaret Main what was the biggest different between her Reign and the present day parade.  She replied “There are a lot more people and cameras now.”  Of Course, during 1940, television coverage of the parade was non-existent; the technology having just begun to take hold with the broadcast of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

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