People gathered at the Laurel Cove Amphitheater on Saturday for the 84th Kentucky Mountain Laurel Queen Coronation. Each year, young ladies from across the state proudly represented their college or university as candidates for KMLF Queen Pageant.
Hannah Elizabeth Isaacs, representing Somerset Community College, won the judges votes this year and was named the 2014 queen. She is originally from Somerset. As tradition holds, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear had the honor of crowning the queen.
Isaacs, led by her court, made her way to the stage as applauding guests offered their congratulations to the new queen.
The queen’s court, a tradition of the 84-year-old ceremony, is made up of young ladies representing area elementary and high schools, along with the remaining queen candidates. The court also paraded through the crowd participating in the long-standing pageant.
The coronation ceremony, emceed by Miss Kentucky Jenna Day, is the culmination of the weekend-long activities, where candidates are judged and one is chosen as queen.
As the ceremony began, 2013 KMLF Queen Madison Elizabeth McCowan (University of Kentucky) took her last walk as reigning queen. Then, one by one, the 2014 KMLF queen candidates descended into the cove to greet the crowd with their traditional curtsy.
As the ceremony came to an end Beshear led the audience in singing “My Old Kentucky Home.” The audience rose and joined the governor in song, concluding the 84th KMLF Queen’s Coronation Pageant.
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