STATE CENTER - When Rose Queen McKinze Goecke started a fundraiser named the Queens' Jewels last year she was hoping to start a tradition - and she did.
"I'm glad it turned into an annual event. It's great to support local businesses while bringing the community together,"
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Rose Queen Kelsiann Halbloom, right, runner-up Kaitlyn Nichols, left, and Little Miss Rose Bud Savannah Perry working hard during the Queens’ Jewels.
The Lincoln Valley Club House was filled with different vendors Sunday, some old and some new.
The main vendor being the Queens' Jewels jewelry, which is sold by the Rose Queens. 2012 Rose Queen Kelsiann Halbloom and Runner-Up Kaitlyn Nichols were selling the jewelry, the proceeds go to help out in the 2013 Rose Festival. Any jewelry that is not sold at the fundraiser will be sold at State Center's Christmas on Main, which is Dec. 7.
"McKinze has helped us a lot this year. We would like to thank her for all of the hard work she has done. There has been a good turn out today," Kelsiann and Kaitlyn said.
West Marshall's Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members, Randi Proescholdt and Vivian Wallace, were selling Trojan wristbands and necklaces to help support money for the organization. Jeffrey Merrill, who runs Remarkable Rose Floral & Gifts, was glad to participate in the event. He said he was there to get his name out.
Visitors said the event helps out businesses in town and helps support next year's Rose Festival, but it is also nice to sit down and enjoy a warm bowl of chili with friends and get some Christmas shopping done early.