Apple Blossom Festival prelate, princesses named

Philip King

Pastor Philip King, from Calvary Baptist Church, has been named this year’s prelate for the coronation of Queen Shenandoah XCI at 1:30 p.m. May 4.

King is a native of Rockingham, North Carolina. He graduated from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. Prior to coming to Calvary, King served as associate pastor of education and administration at Intentional Love Baptist Church in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina.

Preceding his entry into the ministry, King served as a solider in the U.S. Army Special Forces and in law enforcement in North Carolina. King also earned bachelor’s degrees in administrative management and parks and recreation management and a master’s degree in criminal justice.

He and his wife Gina have two children, Kylie and Tyler.

Advance ticket orders for the coronation may be purchased at festival headquarters or starting April 6 at the souvenir store at 2218 Wilson Blvd. in the Pineville Plaza.


 Princesses selected


Five area women have been selected to serve as princesses in the Court of Queen Shenandoah XCI during the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival April 27 through May 6. They are:

Emma Callanan is the daughter of Lisa and Kevin Callanan, of Stephens City. She is the granddaughter of Susie and Ron Hurst of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and the late Patricia and Richard Callanan. A 2017 graduate of Sherando High School, she is a freshman at Christopher Newport University majoring in history.

Mary Farinholt is the daughter of Sharon and Matthew Farinholt, of Stephenson. She is the granddaughter of Dorothy and Jim Ryan of Oak Island, North Carolina, and Marilyn and Ned Farinholt, of Winchester. A 2017 graduate of James Wood High School, she is a freshman at James Madison University majoring in communication sciences and disorders.

Darby Garner is the daughter of Beth and Shawn Garner, of Stephens City. She is the granddaughter of Nancy Waesche of Edgewater, Maryland; Cherie and John Waesche, of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; Sarah and Eddie Cornelius, of Lindale, Texas; and Charlotte and Jim Garner, of Sun Lakes, Arizona. A 2017 graduate of Sherando High School, she is a freshman at Virginia Tech majoring in international studies with a minor in Spanish.

Ella Gray is the daughter of Amy Gray, of Stephens City, and Christopher Gray, of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Jeannie Rathman and Harlan Keplinger, both of Stephens City, and Bruce Gray, of Pungoteague, and the late Dora Gray. A 2016 graduate of Sherando High School, she is a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University majoring in health and exercise science.

Caroline Skiles is the daughter of Emily and Jeffrey Skiles, of Winchester. She is the granddaughter of Karen and John Hyde of Philippi, West Virginia, and Ruth Skiles, of Charleston, West Virginia, and the late James Skiles. A 2016 graduate of John Handley High School, she is a second-year student at the University of Virginia majoring in media studies.

The princesses will participate in the coronation ceremony of Queen Shenandoah XCI at John Handley High School and will ride on the Queen’s float in the Grand Feature Parade.