SMITHFIELD - The Smithfield American Legion Post 396, under the direction of Commander Rich Harris, raised the flag for the start of the 40th Apple Festival celebrated in the village. Others assisting were Jeff Conley, sergeant at arms; Gilbert Powell, chaplain; and Harry Lowry, Brilliant Post 573 sergeant at arms.
Maisie Dowell and Brooklyne Garliniger, two of the princess candidates, assisted Gilbert Powell in the singing of the national anthem.
Mayor Ted Boyd gave the welcome and congratulated the committee on its 40th anniversary.
FESTIVAL PRINCESS — Abby Hennen, 12, seated, chose the odd-colored apple to become the Smithfield Apple Festival princess for its 40th year celebration. She was crowned by her sister, Carissa Hennen, 10, the 2011 princess. Front, from left, Kalina Hundley, 8; and Madison Hennen, 8. Back, Katelin Rogers, 11; Harmony Crummitt, 12; Carissa Hennen; Brooklyne Garlinger, 10; and Maisie Dowell, 10. -- Esther McCoy
John Domenick served as the emcee and interviewed the princess candidates, a duty that he has performed throughout the years of the festival.
Abby Hennen, 12, a student at Linsly, where she excells in English and art, selected the odd-color apple to become the festival royalty. She was crowned by her sister, Carissa, 10, who was the 2011 princess.
The court consisted of Maisie Dowell, 10, Buckeye North Elementary; Kalia Hundley, 8, Buckeye North Elementary; Katelin Rogers, 11, Buckeye North; Harmony Crummitt, 12, Linsly; Madison Hennen, 8, Wheeling Day School; and Brooklyne Garlinger, 10, Buckeye North Elementary.
The princess and her court will ride in the parade at 5 p.m. today. The Smithfield Food Pantry volunteers will be the grand marshals.