Students and community members showed off local fashions at the annual April Friesner Royalty Scholarship Fashion Show Luncheon on June 11.
Clothes from local stores and boutiques were on display throughout the luncheon.
“This is one of the great events every year that kind of kicks off Strawberry Festival week,” said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, who was the volunteer emcee for this year’s event.
The event is traditionally held at Leifer Manor, but has moved to the Marysville Opera House.
“This year we’re thrilled to be in the iconic Marysville Opera House, the building that has served on and off as a social meeting place for the community for decades,” said Maryfest President Jodi Hiatt.
The event brings together Marysville community members for an afternoon of lunch and fashion.
“I think people like the community and seeing other businesses and people they know in the community. Just sitting back and getting together once a year,” said Leslie Buell, chairperson of this year’s fashion show.
Lunch is also served by a local restaurant for community members to enjoy. “I think I like the lunch and getting together and eating,” said Buell.
Buell said that lots of community members helped this year to create an enjoyable show.
“Classique Design created the balloon frame. It was great having the mayor as our emcee this year. So many people stepped up to help this year,” she said.
Local students and community members served as the models for the clothes provided by local businesses.
“We truly want to thank these sponsors and the people who have made this possible with these clothes,” said Nehring.
This year fashion was provided by Hilton Pharmacy, J.C. Penney, Wrenhaven Vintage Market, Renee’s, BoHo Chic Boutique, Coastal Farm and A.C. Mora’s Boutique.
The Marysville Opera House was also filled with people for the show this year.
“It was a huge success. We sold 18 fully reserved tables and more tickets,” said Buell.
The fashion show raises funds for the April Friesner Royalty Scholarship which is given to the Royalty of the festival each year.
“This is so much more than just a fashion show, the money that is raised here goes to the Memorial Royalty Scholarship Fund in April’s name,” said Nehring.
Friesner was a long-time Maryfest volunteer.
“She was an essential volunteer for the festival who left a legacy of good here in Marysville,” said Nehring.
This year included a raffle and a dessert dash to help raise more funds for the scholarship as well.
“We added the dessert dash hosted by the downtown Merchants Association from Marysville and it was a huge success. We raised a lot of extra money because of that,” said Buell.
More information about Maryfest and the Strawberry Festival events is available at maryfest.org.