Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival

Published on
June 25, 2012

Each May, colleges and universities from Kentucky select one representative to participate in the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival. This year, Brittany Calhoun of Berea represented Union College in the pageant, which was held over Memorial Day weekend.

Calhoun, a senior majoring in sports medicine, was selected from a court of six Union College candidates to represent the school. She then went on to compete at the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival Pageant for the title of queen. She was escorted by Union College student Alex King.

Calhoun said the experience is one she will always remember and was honored to have been selected.

"The Mountain Laurel Festival was an experience that will go with me for the rest of my life. It was the highlight of my college career, and the way the town of Pineville welcomed us into their homes was true southern hospitality," Calhoun said. "I had the time of my life representing Union."

Each year since 1931, the participating candidates attend the festival, held in Pineville, Ky. During the coronation ceremony, each candidate is expected to perform an original and elaborate 15 second curtsey to the current Kentucky governor, who later crowns the queen.

This year, Jamie Horne of Georgetown College was crowned the 2012 Mountain Laurel Festival Queen. Per tradition, the queen received a garland made from mountain laurel, native to the region.Union College is a four-year liberal arts institution related to the United Methodist Church.