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Sandberg crowned Old Fashioned Festival queen

The recent NHS grad and future EOU ag science major will preside over the event

It’s not a festival until a queen is crowned, at least in Newberg.

Fun and frivolity at the Old Fashioned Festival can now begin after Emily Sandberg was chosen Thursday night at Memorial Park.

“There are definitely a whole bunch of different emotions,” Sandberg said following the ceremony. “I’ve lived in this community all of my life, so it’s definitely a privilege to be able to serve as the queen of 2016. I knew we all deserved it so much and I couldn’t do it without (princesses) Mariah and Felicia. I wish we all could have been queen, but I definitely feel very honored and will give my all.”SETH GORDON - A smile breaks out on the face of Emily Sandberg as she was named the 2016 Newberg Old Fashioned Festival queen at a ceremony Thursday evening in Memorial Park.

Following festival tradition, the 2015 court — Queen Mikayla Farr and princesses Tiffany Briant and Rayann Reid — read aloud letters written by the parents of Sandberg and princesses Felicia Rogers and Mariah Lemen.

Not only did those in attendance learn from Sandberg’s parents that the court’s “true princess smiles do not appear until nine in the morning,” but that this year’s queen started her first nonprofit — a program to provide schoolmates with clothes — at the age of 5.

“We are so proud of how committed and passionate you are,” the letter read. “Your faith, your hard work and the way you put other first have served you incredibly well and will continue to serve you throughout your life.”

Sandberg, who will study agricultural science and business at Eastern Oregon University this fall, said that after having such a positive experience as a princess, she’s thrilled for what lies ahead as queen.

“I did not know how much went into the festival, so now I really see how much work it is and I want to volunteer and help in the community,” Sandberg said.