Meet Miss Marshall County's Blueberry Festival Queen

Written by: Madison Hire

Stepping outside of her “normal” is something this freshman was excited to do but was not expecting to make such an impact on her community. When Abigail Powell, studying Agribusiness Marketing, ran for Miss Marshall County Blueberry Festival Queen this past summer she was not expecting to become queen let alone making a huge impact on her community. She has had the opportunity to serve as queen for the 53 annual Blueberry Festival that takes place each year in Plymouth, Indiana.  

Throughout her time as queen Powell will has been attending parades all over northern Indiana, participates in community service events, speaks at different events and encourages citizens attendance and participation in the festival. She also had the opportunity to travel throughout the county with her mom and visit present and past growers to learn about the crop and asking them questions. Powell said, “Learning that our festival tries to buy most berries from local plantations rather than having them shipped in gave me a whole new respect for the sash I wear.”

The queen plays an important role as far as being the face of the festival for that year and being able to positively promote it. Encouraging people to attend and volunteer the four-day festival. The Blueberry festival is run entirely on volunteers. Powell talked about one of her favorite roles is how she is, “…also able to bring youth insight and fresh ideas to the Blueberry Festival Board of Directors.” She has found herself making such an impact on her community and has also learned many things herself as being Miss Marshall County Blueberry Festival Queen. Powell says, “I encourage everyone to step outside “normal.” Who knew something so small and unique could make such a difference?”

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