With the 115th Annual Florence Rhododendron Festival successfully concluded, with an estimated visitor count of around 20,000 people, organizers are celebrating what they’re deeming a tremendous success for being “Back in Bloom” (this year’s theme).
This year’s parade judges were Christina Voogd, principle broker at Berkshire-Hathaway Home Services, next name, job, and next name, job. For each category, the winners were:
School — Tie: Rhododendron Senior and Junior Courts
Dignitary — Future First Citizen Ava Glowacki
Service — Florence Habitat for Humanity
Commercial — Three Rivers Casino
Equestrian — Eugene Pro Rodeo
Non-Commercial — Lebanon Strawberry Festival
Judges Favorite — City of Florence
Novelty — Florence Jeeps R Us
Queen Rhododendra Haylee Cole’s award went to Habitat for Humanity and King of the Coast Joseph Shepard’s award went to the Lebanon Strawberry Festival.
Next year’s annual Florence Rhododendron Festival will be held, as usual, on the third full weekend of May—May 18 to 21, 2023. For more information, please contact the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce at 541-997-3128 or info@FlorenceChamber.com.