THE ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
A D.C. Tradition Since 1948
THE 2019 CHERRY BLOSSOM PRINCESS
Rachael Oury is the Wisconsin State Society's 2019 Cherry Blossom Princess. She currently works in marketing for a transportation non-profit in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wisconsin, and Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In Rachael's own words:
"Growing up in Wisconsin you learn to appreciate an unmatched culture. A culture where the local restaurants invite outside company in for Friday Fish Fry. A culture where the state undergoes a widespread silence during Football Sunday; Packers Sunday. A culture where families meet for custard after school sporting events. A culture where in summer when the sun finally comes out, every minute is absorbed on the lake. The list goes on… I feel very fortunate to have grown up in Wisconsin and my state pride holds steadfast for this reason. Even now living in Washington D.C., there’s nothing I look forward more than visits to my home state. Even when they are brief visits, I never fail to bring back a Racine Danish Kringle."
WISCONSIN'S 2019 JUNIOR CHERRY BLOSSOM PRINCESS
Lydia Adcock is a third grader in public school in Washington, DC. She loves math
and science, plays violin in the DC Youth Orchestra, and is active in Girl Scouts. Her
mother Alison grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and Lydia visits there in summer
with her grandparents, Margaret and Paul Kaufman - members of the Wisconsin
State Society - picking cherries, swimming, and attending a children’s program at
University of Wisconsin. At home, she has quite a collection of stuffed animals as
well as live pet tortoises! She is excited to be a 2019 Junior Cherry Blossom Princess. She also served as one in 2016.
WISCONSIN CHERRY BLOSSOM RECEPTIONS PAST
THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
A Tradition Since 1948
The Cherry Blossom Princess Program is a cultural, educational, and professional development program for women leaders ages 19 to 24 held each year during one week of the National Cherry Blossom Festival© in Washington, DC. It is sponsored and managed by the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS), the non-profit, voluntary umbrella association for State and Territorial Societies in the National Capital Area.
Since 1948, State and Territorial Societies along with many Embassies and Consulates in Washington, DC, have enabled more than 3,000 young women leaders from across the United States and world to participate in this program and the celebration of the unique and enduring friendship between the United States and Japan. As Cherry Blossom Princesses, these young women represent their respective states, territories, and countries in both public and private events held each day across the Washington area and engage with leading government, business, arts, media leaders and role models.
At the conclusion of the week-long Cherry Blossom Princess Program, a new United States Cherry Blossom Queen is chosen at the Official Cherry Blossom Grand Ball and Sushi Reception by a random spin of a wheel of fortune from among the Princesses representing States and Territories. The following morning, the newly crowned United States Cherry Blossom Queen and her Japanese counterpart, along with the State, Territory, and International Princesses are invited to participate in the National Cherry Blossom Parade® and the Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival.
(Pictured: Rachel Bohn, Wisconsin's 2016 Cherry Blossom Princess, was crowned the Queen of the Cherry Blossom Festival.)