Prince, princess follow family tradition


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Kylie Eglen, 6, and Deven Cummings, 6, stand on the stage and wait to be photographed after being crowned 2012 Oktoberfest Princess and Prince, Thursday. Princess and prince are awarded to the individuals that can gather the most donations.

This year’s Seymour Oktoberfest prince and princess both had a lot of pressure to win their crowns.

Neither wanted to break family tradition.

“My sister was princess when she was 6, my aunt was princess when she was 6, and my dad was prince when he was 6, “ Kylie Eglen of Cortland said of her royal lineage. “And now I’m 6 and get to be princess.”

The same went for Deven Cummings, 6, of Brownstown who also has a long line of royalty, including his two older brothers, his mom and an aunt.

“They all did it, so I did, too,” he said.

To earn the titles, candidates raised money for Epsilon Sigma Alpha, which sponsors the competition every year. The local sorority then makes donations to national, state and local charities such as Camp Riley for children with physical disabilities, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Easter Seals, Reins to Recovery therapeutic riding, Community Provisions food pantry and Jackson County Special Education Parents Advisory Council.

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