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ABOVE: Announcing the start of the Red Hat Society Best Hat competition is Queen Sharon Billger, organizer of the event. On the left is Marion Tiedge of Kempton. Bill Meck of Alburtis, master of ceremonies for main stage events, is at the right. LEFT: First-place winner Queen Bea Kathleen Trickle of Mars Hill, N.C. receives her prize from Queen Sharon Billger. Trickle’s group meets in Weaverville, Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography ABOVE: Announcing the start of the Red Hat Society Best Hat competition is Queen Sharon Billger, organizer of the event. On the left is Marion Tiedge of Kempton. Bill Meck of Alburtis, master of ceremonies for main stage events, is at the right. LEFT: First-place winner Queen Bea Kathleen Trickle of Mars Hill, N.C. receives her prize from Queen Sharon Billger. Trickle’s group meets in Weaverville, Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Alice Ann McNulty of Sellersville explains her hat to the audience as Marion Tiedge of Kempton waits her turn. Queen Sharon Billger, organizer of the Red Hat contest, holds the microphone. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography Alice Ann McNulty of Sellersville explains her hat to the audience as Marion Tiedge of Kempton waits her turn. Queen Sharon Billger, organizer of the Red Hat contest, holds the microphone. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
LEFT: First place winner Queen Bea Kathleen Trickle of Mars Hill, N.C. receives her prize from Queen Sharon Billger. Trickle’s group meets in Weaverville, N.C. She has a cousin in Kutztown who has wanted her to visit for 50 years, but it took the Red Hat competition to get her here. Alice Ann McNulty of Sellersville looks on. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography LEFT: First place winner Queen Bea Kathleen Trickle of Mars Hill, N.C. receives her prize from Queen Sharon Billger. Trickle’s group meets in Weaverville, N.C. She has a cousin in Kutztown who has wanted her to visit for 50 years, but it took the Red Hat competition to get her here. Alice Ann McNulty of Sellersville looks on. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Second-place winner Marion Tiedge of Kempton holds her prize. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography Second-place winner Marion Tiedge of Kempton holds her prize. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Contestants in the Red Hat Competition at the Kutztown Folk Festival included (seated) Queen Bea Kathleen Trickle of Mars Hill, N.C.; Joann Lewis of Kempton; Queen Sharon Billger of Mertztown, organizer of the contest, Marion Tiedge of Kempton, (back) Emcee Bill Meck of Alburtis and Alice Ann McNulty of Sellersville. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography Contestants in the Red Hat Competition at the Kutztown Folk Festival included (seated) Queen Bea Kathleen Trickle of Mars Hill, N.C.; Joann Lewis of Kempton; Queen Sharon Billger of Mertztown, organizer of the contest, Marion Tiedge of Kempton, (back) Emcee Bill Meck of Alburtis and Alice Ann McNulty of Sellersville. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography

Red Hat awards presented at folk festival

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by LOU WHEELAND Special to The Press in Local News

The Kutztown Folk Festival was the stage for Queen Sharon Billger and her chapter, The Pretty Purple Posies of the Red Hat Society, for Best Red Hat contest.

Using the main stage as their venue, four beautiful ladies, two from as far away as North Carolina, competed for first and second prizes.

Queen Billger of Mertztown, organizer of the event, presented each contestant and asked for an audience response to her Red Hat.

Gauging audience response, Queen Bea Kathleen “Katarina the Red Grape” Trickle of Mars Hill, N.C., was the first-place winner.

A close second was Marion Tiedge of Kempton.