Honoring Our Military, Empowering Our Youth, Showcasing Our Region


Military band and troops march in the 1949 Lilac Festival Parade, in
recognitiion of the recent conclusiion of World War II. (Courtesy of the
Spokesman Review).

A Brief History The Spokane Lilac Festival has been a “Lilac City” tradition since 1938. It was an effort originated by the Associated Garden Clubs and the Spokane Floral Society to boast our beautiful spring lilacs, and to showcase our area youth. They organized a parade and royalty program to honor young women from the Spokane area. Over the past sixty plus years, the Lilac Festival has taken on many activities and it has undergone several changes. However, if has always remained true to one of its original objectives -promoting our greatest resource, today’s youth. The Spokane Lilac Festival has volunteer Directors and Lilac Royalty Court members who travel weekends from April through October representing the Lilac City of Spokane in other Pacific and Inland Northwest communities. We visit no less than 20 cities/communities with our float and royal court each festival season, traveling in excess of 8,000 miles. The Spokane Lilac Festival Celebration has large economic impact annually upon the greater Spokane area. The Spokane Lilac Festival Celebration could not and would not exist without corporate and community support and contributions. We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. The Spokane Lilac Festival has grown into an annual week-long Lilac Festival of celebrating spring, youth, and community spirit. The Festival is the Inland Northwest region’s oldest and largest community event, providing involvement opportunities for every segment of the community. To name a few:

• Annual Armed Forces Torchlight Parade showcasing school bands and marching units, youth of all ages (both individually and in groups), clowns, dancers, gymnastic displays, and of course the military units from the Inland Northwest

• Regional and international goodwill promoted through hosting neighboring communities and sister city_ delegations attending Lilac Festival events• Parades and Lilac Royalty Program promote ethnic understanding by providing a forum for expression of heritage, cultural views and values

• Lilac Royalty Program and out-of-town Royalty Program offers professional development and growth of area youth as well as scholarships for the Lilac Royalty

• Hospitals, nursing homes, and schools are visited by Lilac Festival Directors and the Royalty Court

• Businesses are solicited to provide complimentary in-kind goods and services and financial support for enjoyment by the entire community and its visitors .

Past Presidents, Queens,
& Themes

Note: In 1958, Royalty Opened to High Schools; and Themes Were Introduced in 1983.
Year – PresidentQueenHigh SchoolTheme
1941 – Queen Anne Hite
1942 – Queen Bobbie Judd
1946 – President Edward H. HughesNo Queen selected
1947 – President Edward H. HughesNo Queen selected
1948 – President O.F. AllenNo Queen selected
1949 – President John ArmeniaQueen Donagene Herr
1950 – President Harvey GuertinQueen Barbara Crosby
1951 – President Robert PetersQueen Donna Bagdon
1952 – President Dr. John PlastinoQueen Carol Haas
1953 – President Lloyd AndersonQueen Gail Jackson
1954 – President Ward WalkerQueen Rosemarie Thomsen
1955 – President Len SpoonerQueen Joanne Henry
1956 – President Nave LainQueen Shari Lynn Fain
1957 – President Ed JohnsonQueen Kay Levesque
1958 – President Joe KipperQueen Denise BogleMarycliff
1959 – President Ralph PhelpsQueen Donna GoodellMead
1960 – President Russell WalkerQueen Nancy KeelerCentral Valley
1961 – President Hal BaconQueen Sara Ann JullionMarycliff
1962 – President W.E. Difford Jr.Queen Louise HenryLewis & Clark
1963 – President S. Luther EssickQueen Sheila BayleyNorth Central
1964 – President Al SchillingQueen Molly McLellanLewis & Clark
1965 – President Rene SiebertQueen Kathy SwansonLewis & Clark
1966 – President Stan RossQueen Kathy ForsterMarycliff
1967 – President Al TurillQueen Diane HauskenEast Valley
1968 – President Don DagmanQueen Sandy PetersonNorth Central
1969 – President Patrick KenneyQueen Judy SwansonMead
1970 – President Lee MilotQueen Jeanine HardinShadle Park
1971 – President Neil DompierQueen Lois MillerUniversity
1972 – President Curtis BloomquistQueen Lisa SmithFerris
1973 – President Thomas C. GarrettQueen Vicki Kay HayterShadle Park
1974 – President Alfred E. PierceQueen Kelly OwensWest Valley
1975 – President Charles J. BloomQueen Lisa ShieldsFerris
1976 – President George A. WhiteQueen Mary LebsockRogers
1977 – President Ralph C. HusomQueen Karen StrattonMarycliff
1978 – President L.M. NickersonQueen Tamara SweeneyGonzaga Prep
1979 – President Paul RedmondQueen Earla SchaferNorth Central
1980 – President Gordon WilcoxQueen Candace ChappleWest Valley
1981 – President Marvin RubensQueen Diane PolenskeWest Valley
1982 – President Donald H. HeadQueen Shelley GilchristLewis & Clark
1983 – President Ronald A. HardinQueen Kris UnicumeCentral ValleySpread Your Wings
1984 – President Jack RigginsQueen Kelly EddyFerrisSalute to Canada
1985 – President Ken TorkelsonQueen Amy SchimmelsFerrisSalute to Youth
1986 – President Jerry N. FletcherQueen Monika PlamlundLewis & ClarkTribute to Women
1987 – President Guy PerhamQueen Kristina KripaitisShadle ParkLet’s Grow Together
1988 – President Guy SligarQueen Darci BantaWest ValleyWhen Lilacs Drest
1989 – President Marilyn ThordarsonQueen Andrea VickermanFerrisTurn Back Time
1990 – President Earl D. EdwardsQueen Heather CurtisRogersFlight Technology
1991 – President Bob JonesQueen Amy CartledgeNorth CentralStars and Stripes Forever
1992 – President Craig StolleQueen Tiffany BricknerGonzaga PrepFor the Fun of It
1993 – President Don KrauseQueen Jessica LotzeFerrisFor the Kid in Us
1994 – President Roberta GreeneQueen Anelise KirschbaumUniversityFlight of Fantasy
1995 – President Dick TottenQueen Carrie KeyesShadle ParkLilac Country
1996 – President Jack AronsonQueen Abigail PalmerWest ValleyLilac Luau
1997 – President Bob TallanQueen Brianne AdamsUniversityRock Around the Clock
1998 – President John CocksQueen Leslie OgdenFerrisWonders Down Under
1999 – President Bill PhippsQueen Casey CarlsonFerrisHonor the Past
2000 – President Denny NicholsQueen Jillian CernaCentral ValleyImagine the Future
2001 – President Denny KaneQueen Natalya LitoshykEast ValleySoaring with Spokane
2002 – President Sandi BentzQueen Emily LevaFerrisSpirit of Spokane
2003 – President Michael NoyesQueen Joanna RepsoldFerrisMoments Remembered
2004 – President Denise VickermanQueen Jenna JohnsonOaks Christian AcademyCelebrate Spokane
2005 – President Catherine TunstallQueen Jamie PacelloShadle ParkLilac Magic
2006 – President Russ BrownQueen Zanie McMillianNorth CentralKids are the Key
2007 – President Sandy BrownQueen Wylie PattonFreemanHere’s to the Heroes
2008 – President Cecelia StephensQueen Sarah CrowleyLewis & ClarkSalute to Service
2009 – President Michael WaldripQueen Chloe CrittendenNorthwest ChristianI Love a Parade
2010 – President Arne WeinmanQueen Hayley HillNorthwest ChristianFreedom is Not Free
2011 – President Myron BursellQueen MacKenzie JohnsonMeadIgnite the Spirit of America
2012 – President Hal PattonQueen Sydnee ScofieldCentral ValleyDream & Reach for the Stars
2013 – President Christine LevaQueen Brett RountreeCentral ValleyLilac Legacy Alive at 75
2014 – Co-Presidents Joan Petow & Cecelia StephensQueen Kaylee PearsonFerrisDouble the Lilacs, Double the Fun
2015 – President Mike CresseyQueen Meghan LongFerrisA Festival to Remember
2016 – President Richard LogerwellQueen Megan PaternosterFreemanLilacs in Wonderland
2017 – Co-Presidents Karen Montague & Cindy Zapotocky Queen August CorppettsGonzaga PrepCelebrating Our Heroes
2018 – President Nancy ColeQueen Halle NelsonNorth CentralSwing Into Spokane
2019 – President Kristy HambyQueen Madison O’CalaghanCheneyWe Are Spokane
2020 – President Dan VerHeulNo Queen Selected*Destination Spokane (Canceled)
2021 – President Dan VerHeulQueen Julia McIntyreGonzaga PrepDestination Spokane
2022 – President Alan HartTo Be Announced