Crowning planned for Saturday
By Holly Neumann
Iola-Scandinavia High School Senior Cocheta Packard was named the 2018 Queen of Snows for the 57th annual Iola Winter Carnival.
The Queen of Snows is chosen by a panel of judges made up of one representative each from Lions, Lioness, American Legion Auxiliary, American Legion, The Winter Carnival and The Iola Winter Sports Club.
“Princesses are interviewed and then the judges have to choose just one,” said Jeanette Moos who chairs the committee. “It is never an easy choice.”
According to Moos, Packard cried when she heard the news.
“This is the first time that I have seen anyone cry,” said Moos. “Cocheta was so surprised. She will be a great representative for our community. The town needs that and she fit the bill.”
Packard is excited to have been chosen.
“I did not expect to become queen whatsoever,” she said. “This is a huge honor. I still cannot believe it. It is great to be able to be a part of this community tradition.”
She is looking forward to taking part in all the events this year.
Crowning of the Queen will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Iola-Scandinavia High School during the Norwegian Lutefisk Supper.
Packard plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the fall, with a major in fine arts and an emphasis in graphic design. She is also considering a minor in psychology.
She is the daughter of William Packard.
The remainder of the court includes Princesses Quinn Hoyord, Mia Wandtke and Jessa Boris.