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Posted: 04/16/14

Seen above are the 2013 and 2014 Peach Queens and Runner-ups. From left, 2013 Peach Queen Sarah Phillips, 2014 Peach Queen Kaitlyn Krimmel, 2014 Runner-up Erin Snyder and 2013 Runner-up Lisa Stewart.

(Observer photo by Chris Gray)

Wash Twp. girls named Peach Queen, Runner-up

Observer Staff Writer
      Two local girls with a goal of improving young and old lives alike will be the 83rd Peach Festival's royal ambassadors.
       Kaitlyn Krimmel, 21, of Washington Township was crowned as the 2014 Peach Queen at the annual pageant held April 12 at the Romeo Lions Club.
       Erin Snyder, 20, of Washington Township, was named the 2014 Peach Queen Runner-up. The girls were selected among five entrants who competed in the pageant.
       Krimmel, daughter of Robert and Edie, said she was thrilled to be chosen as the Peach Queen.
       "It's been a long journey preparing for this, and I'm just so excited for this opportunity," she said.
       Krimmel said she tried out for Peach Queen in 2013 and didn't make it, but believes she is prepared for the role after a year of growth. During that year she organized events as the risk chair for her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and worked with Gleaners Food Bank.
       She even took a study abroad trip to Costa Rica in August where she helped provide communities with medical assistance.
       "It was a very rewarding experience, it just made me see how other people live compared to people in the United States," she said.
       Krimmel said she was motivated to try out from seeing the different Peach Queens each year while growing up.
       "I'm really excited to be an ambassador for the community of Romeo and be a part of the traditions that have been carried out for many decades," she said. "I'm excited to represent the community I've grown up in my entire life."
       Krimmel is no stranger to the Peach Festival, having worked as a volunteer at the Bed Races, night parade and car show. She has participated in the Children's Parade and won a trophy the first time she ran in the Bed Races.
       Now that she is Peach Queen, she said she is ready to participate from a different angle.
       "I'm looking forward to all the parades that everyone goes to and all the different kinds of people you meet," she said.
       Krimmel is a 2010 Romeo High School graduate and in her fourth year at GVSU, majoring in allied health science with a minor in aging and adult life. She wishes to become a nurse in geriatrics upon graduating.
       "I feel I'm compassionate toward that area," she said.
       She works at Phoenix Grill and Hooks Engraving, and in her spare time enjoys snowboarding, scrapbooking, reading and is a black belt in American Freestyle Karate.
       Snyder, the daughter of Pete and Amy, was homeschooled and is currently attending Wayne State University with a major in occupational therapy. She said her career goal is to help injured people with becoming mentally stable and independent.
       "I want to work with amputees, I want to work with prosthetics, especially kids," she said.
       She said she couldn't believe her name was called to be Runner-up, and is honored to have earned the position.
       "You kind of idolize that person like a princess, so it's really special," she said.
       Snyder works at LaPita Restaurant, a resident advisor at Wayne State and at Vans Valley Produce and Greenhouses. She has volunteered as a small group leader at Stoney Creek Community Church and enjoys running, singing and playing soccer.
       The first official appearance for the girls will be parades on Memorial Day Weekend in St. Clair Shores and Sterling Heights.
       Jesi Foltz-Goike, Peach Queen chaperone, said it was a great group of girls that applied this year.
       "They're all heavily involved not only with education but also with the community," she said. "It's great to see that at such a young age."
       All contestants donated non-perishable food items to be given to Samaritan House. Foltz-Goike said there were three truckloads of food and $1,000 in cash donations.

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