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Tulip Fest coronations of ’88, ’89 continued tradition of four decades (with photos)

Tulip queen hopefuls stand and smile in 1989. From left are Melissa Boncardo, Sandra Besso, Amy Naple, Michele Kendrick, Diane MacPhee, 1988 tulip queen Maria Mokhiber, Heather Britt, Erin Monoghan, Jacqueline Jones and Karen O'Brien.
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Tulip queen hopefuls stand and smile in 1989. From left are Melissa Boncardo, Sandra Besso, Amy Naple, Michele Kendrick, Diane MacPhee, 1988 tulip queen Maria Mokhiber, Heather Britt, Erin Monoghan, Jacqueline Jones and Karen O'Brien.
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Petals and posies are fine for some young women. Maria Mokhiber and Heather Britt preferred petals and poses during the late 1980s. Both were chosen tulip queens for Albany’s annual Tulip Festival. Mokhiber wore crown and cape in 1988; Britt succeeded her in 1989. The games for thrones had started weeks before. Nine candidates for queen gathered at press conferences for photo shoots. Mokhiber’s only subjects had been in classrooms. She was a 21-year-old senior ...

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