by: DAVID F. ASHTON - 2012 Portland Rose Festival Queen of Rosaria Kate Sinnott of Eastmoreland rides in the 2013 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade.As her year-long reign comes to an end, 2012 Portland Rose Festival Queen of Rosaria Kate Sinnott – an Eastmoreland resident – looked truly regal as she waved to the estimated 8,000 folks who came out for the 2013 Avenue of Roses Parade on April 27th.

The parade is the first sanctioned event of the season, pointed out Portland Rose Festival Foundation Public Relations Coordinator Rich Jarvis.

“Queen Kate has been an excellent ambassador, locally and internationally, for the Portland Rose Festival. She’s a wonderful standard-bearer for the organization, and for the City of Portland”.

After the parade, Queen Kate spoke with THE BEE about the past year – which she called “amazing”.

“Most important about being named a Queen of Rosaria is all of the relationships I’ve built,” she began. “These start with the Portland Rose Festival Foundation staff, and must include the Royal Rosarians. These are relationships that will last a lifetime.”

Her “amazing” year included her first experience of international travel – a trip to “our modern sister city in the south of Taiwan, Kaohsiung”.

“We met Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu; she is remarkable woman,” Queen Kate smiled. “I became good friends with our young tour guide, who hopes to visit the United States in the future. We explored the entire area, including the newly constructed Buddha Memorial Center, and learned about life in Taiwan.”

An important part of the trip, she added, was experiencing her hosts’ generous hospitality. “Every meal was a banquet, it seemed – of 14 courses!”

But, one of her favorite experiences, she confided, was an evening when she took off her crown and sash and, with her Portland Rose Festival mentor, explored the city’s “night market”, which included some shopping, and bubble tea.

While she enjoyed her visit to the Pendleton Roundup, one of her favorite Rose Festival Queen memories took place at the Oregon Zoo. “I got to go in to meet and feed Packy the Elephant!”

What’s truly amazing is that Queen Kate has done all this while maintaining her studies in Fashion Design at Oregon State University.

Asked what advice she has for the 2013 Queen of Rosaria, Queen Kate thought for a moment, before answering.

“My advice is, whenever you walk into a room, make a real connection with at least three people. Meet everyone, but seek to build genuine relationships at least three with them. Very few people are given so many wonderful opportunities as does a Portland Rose Festival Queen; make the best of each of them.”

She continued, “Be yourself. Sometimes I was professional; other times I was goofy. But this year has helped me realize who I am, as a person; these situations have encouraged my growth.”

Summing up her experience, Queen Kate added, “I’ve had a wonderful time networking and meeting new people. I couldn’t ask for a better year.” She will be on hand to crown her successor, just before the start of this year’s Grand Floral Parade.

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