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Temple City Searches for a King and Queen

On Friday, February 3, Lorenzo Blanco and Layla Cattani were officially crowned as Royal King and Queen of the 68th Annual Camellia Festival of Temple City. The Camellia Festival Committee is in search of the next in line for the throne. – Photo by Terry Miller

The annual search for a King and Queen and their Royal Court to reign over the 69th Annual Camellia Festival will begin on January 12 at Live Oak Community Center at 9:00 in the morning. The applicants will meet at the Community Center to play games, sing songs, make a craft and have the experience of speaking into a microphone.
Applicants must be first grade students that live in Temple City or live within the Temple City Unified School District boundaries. They will be judged on their attention span, getting along with others, following directions, general appearance, and their poise and personality. Judges remain anonymous, are not Temple City residents, and do not have any affiliation with the City of Temple City. The children are known only by the number that they wear.
Applications for first grade students are available at the Camellia Festival Office in City Hall and must be submitted to the Festival Office by December 28th. If you have any questions please call the office at 626- 285-2171 extension 2350 or
The Royal Court will ride in a beautifully decorated float covered in camellias and will carry the theme of the year. All work will be completed by Temple City youth.
As the Royal Float is only one of many, all youth groups are invited to build a float for the Camellia Festival Parade to be held on Saturday, Feb. 23rd at 10:00a.m. Any group wanting to participate in building a float is encouraged to send a representative to an informational meeting on January 8th or a final meeting on January 15th at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.
Please see the Camellia Festival Calendar below for important dates.
December 28th – Play Day Application due, January 7th – Applications due for walking units, floats, carnival booths and street vendors, January 12th – 9:00a.m. Live Oak Park, Royalty Contest Play Day *(Applications must be submitted in advance), February 1st – Pre-Sale tickets for carnival start at Live Oak Park, February 1st – 700p.m. Live Oak Park, Royalty Coronation, February 22nd to February 24th – Camellia Festival Carnival, February 23rd at 10:00 a.m – Camellia Festival Parade.

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