Current Rhododendron Queens
One of the area's longest standing scholarship opportunities for young women,
the North Carolina Rhododendron Pageant is held over the course of the
two evenings of the Festival, in the Bowman Middle School Auditorium.
2017 NC Jr. Rhododendron Queen Cassidy Gentry (left) and NC Rhododendron Queen Hannah Welborn-Lewis (right).
Hannah is 18 years old, and is from Archdale, NC. She performed a
clogging routine for talent, and she won the interview and swimsuit awards.
Cassidy is 12 years old, and is from Spruce Pine, NC. She performed a
tap dance routine for talent, and won the interview and evening gown awards.
2017 NC Rhododendron Queen's Court
Left to right: Madelyn Duncan, of Marion, 2nd Runner-up & talent winner;
Sydney Stevenson, of Statesville, 1st Runner-up & congeniality winner;
Cassidy Gentry, Jr. Rhododendron Queen; Hannah Welborn-Lewis, Rhododendron Queen;
Keely Duncan, of Spruce Pine, 1st Runner-up & talent winner;
Madison Evans, of Bakersville, 2ns Runner-up and evening gown & congeniality winner.