WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Maine State Society of Washington, D.C., seeks candidates for Maine’s Cherry Blossom Princess to represent the state and the society in the 57th annual National Cherry Blossom Festival from March 28 through April 3, 2004.

Neither a beauty pageant nor talent competition, the festival is an opportunity for a young woman to represent Maine and the society. Candidates must be at least 19 years old and not have reached their 25th birthday at the time of the festival; be a Maine native or the daughter, granddaughter or niece of a Maine native, or have other longtime, significant Maine connections; be at least a high school graduate and knowledgeable about Maine; have never been married; and must be available the the entire festival week.

Festival information and princess applications may be obtained from the society at Upside Court, Falls Church, Va. 22042-4019 (703-237-1031). Completed applications must be received no later than Dec. 13.


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