WELLSVILLE- The tradition of choosing a princess to represent the city has been a part of this small town for many years. While the ceremonies surrounding the city princess have changed throughout the decades, the tradition remains an important part of the community.”Founder’s Day originated in 1931,” Leesa Cooper, one of the coordinators, said. “The city princess tradition was probably originated around the same time.”Cooper said in the past the whole town would attend a pageant and luncheon. Contestants would compete by answering questions and performing talents.”The girls are a lot busier now. Between school, work and everything they’re involved with, it’s harder for them to commit to the time requirement,” she said. “We were having such a hard time getting girls to apply that we had to open up the age group.”There are typically five to six princesses chosen every year. Their role is to represent the city at parades and events. The girls attend close to 12 events a year.”It’s a big commitment. Instead of spending holidays with their family or friends, they have to be on floats or at events,” Cooper said. “It becomes a real time commitment and a challenge for the girls.” In return for their commitment, the city purchases dresses and tiaras for each girl to wear and keep, once they are no longer a city princess.
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