Queen’s Coronation Is Saturday At Arnoldsburg

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Molasses Festival pageant contestants included, left to right, Ashley Cox, Izabella Donohew, Queen Caylie Simmons, Faithlynn Walker and Lauryn Ward.

Caylie Simmons, 19, of Franklin, was crowned the 2018 West Virginia Molasses Festival Queen on Sept. 8 at the Calhoun Middle/High School auditorium.


The queen’s coronation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2 p.m., at Ar-noldsburg Community Building. Everyone is invited to attend the presentation of the cere-monial key and symbolic gifts by the 2018 royalty. A small reception will follow after the cere-mony.

Simmons will reign over the 51st festival Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 27-29, with a theme of “Growing Our Future Through Traditions.” She will also represent the festival at the W.Va. Association of Fairs and Festivals in Charleston, Jan. 11-12.

Caylie is the daugh-ter of Mike and Robin Simmons, and is a sopho-more at West Virginia University majoring in dental hygiene.