POSTED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 11:33am
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 11:44am
Gilmer, TX — It was 1940. A 17-year-old girl wearing a white fairytale gown stepped onto a stage in a school gym in front of hundreds of people.
All eyes were on her as she kneeled to the floor and a crown was placed upon her head.
When Clarine Smith rose, she was the sixth Yamboree Queen.
“I was just happy,” she said as she recalled memories from the annual festival that draws more than 100,000 people to Gilmer each year.
Clarine Smith Tucker of Longview is the oldest living Yamboree Queen, and said she recalls exactly what she believes incoming Queen Paige Linder is feeling.
“You’re happy, you’re excited,” Tucker said. “Before the announcement, I don’t think anybody’s ever sure they’re really going to be Yamboree queen. When you find out — well, you’re just happy.”
On Wednesday, the Yamboree will kick-off its 75th anniversary with the crowning of Queen Paige Linder.
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