With the start of the spring season just 10 days away, the Garden City is gearing up for the 47th annual Orangeburg Festival of Roses to be held May 4-6 in Edisto Memorial Gardens on the Edisto River.

Leading up to the festival, the city annually crowns its Queen of Roses and Princess of Roses. The pageant is sponsored by the City of Orangeburg Parks and Recreation Department.

Beauty, talent and scholarship reigned at the 2018 Queen and Princess of Roses Pageant on Saturday, March 3, at Stevenson Auditorium.

Patricia Lindley Still, a senior at Barnwell High School, was crowned the 2018 Queen of Roses. Still is the 17-year-old daughter of Wayne and Angela Still of Barnwell. She will be attending Coastal Carolina University in the fall to pursue a degree in Special Education under the Degree in Three Program. Still then plans to pursue her graduate degree in Speech Therapy at South Carolina State University, with the ultimate goal of working in the South Carolina public school system.

Still was also the talent winner in this year's pageant.

Ryanne Delaney Cranshaw, first runner-up in the Queen of Roses Pageant, a freshman at the University of South Carolina, is the 18-year-old daughter of Brad and Cindy Cranshaw of Lexington. Her future plans include graduating from USC, attending law school and one day becoming a criminal prosecutor like her father.

Mary Eldon Haigler, second runner-up, is the 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Eldon Haigler of Cameron. A senior at Calhoun Academy, she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in political science, attend law school, become an attorney and eventually work as a member of the U.S Congress.

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2018 Princess of Roses Pageant

Winners in the 2018 Princess of Roses Pageant are:

  • Jody Maura Weathers, Princess of Roses, is the 15-year-old daughter of Sam Weathers and Missi Wooten of Reevesville. Her hobbies include playing sports, shopping, yoga and spending time with her sister. Her favorite food is spaghetti.
  • Jakya Lanay Robinson, Young Princess of Roses, is the 10-year-old daughter of Shay Dorch and Jamie Robinson of Orangeburg. Her hobbies include reading, soccer, playing piano, pageants and acting. Her favorite food is neckbones.
  • Addison Olivia Fail, Little Princess of Roses, is the 9-year-old daughter of Matthew and Rebenna Fail of Williston. Her hobbies include clogging, reading graphic novels, drawing and playing with her brother. Her favorite food is Mom’s French-dip sandwiches.
  • Cambell Grace Almers, Wee Princess of Roses, is the 4-year-old daughter of Travis and Elizabeth Almers of Harleyville. Her hobbies include gymnastics and dance. Her favorite food is spaghetti.

Most Adorable Children of 2018 Photo Contest

The winners of Orangeburg's Most Adorable Children of 2018 Photo Contest, which benefits the Queen of Roses Scholarship Fund, were:  

  • Blake Rehme Broadwell, Orangeburg's Most Adorable Child under the age of 1. Blake is the 11th-month-old son of Kyle Broadwell and Ashley Myers of North. His favorite food is apples, and he loves Mickey Mouse and playing with GiGi.
  • McKeldon West Herring, Orangeburg's Most Adorable Child age 3 and older. McKeldon is the 3-year-old son of Ken and Megan Herring of Orangeburg. He loves pizza, chicken and crackers. McKeldon also loves the alphabet, counting his numbers, jumping on the bed and watching movies on the iPad.

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