70th Annual Temple City Camellia Festival crowns new King and Queen

On Friday, January 31, a Camellia Festival Coronation ceremony was held in the Community Center at Live Oak Park. Dawn Tarin, General Chairperson of the 2014 Camellia Festival, announced that Austin Bateman and Ella Clinton would be the King and Queen of the 70th Annual Temple City Camellia Festival. Passing on their crowns and capes at the Coronation Ceremony were last year’s Camellia Festival King Christopher Koyamatsu and Queen Gabriella Pedraza.

The Royal Court and Banner Carriers, all First Graders, were chosen from contestants who participated in our annual Play Day. The Royal Court will reign over the 2014 Camellia Festival that will take place the weekend of February 21-23, with the parade Saturday morning at 10 am along Las Tunas Drive. The Royal Court will ride on a special float built just for them the Royal Court includes:

King Austin Bateman
Queen Ella Clinton
Princess Emily Shivley
Princess Isabella Realzola
Prince Grant Brown
Prince Jaden Joe

The Banner Carriers, who carry their Majesties Royal Banner in the parade, include:

Megha Arun
Nichole Shih
Jeremy Kim
Judah Douglas

At the Coronation, Theme Winner Aiden Garner, a First Grader at Emperor Elementary, was assisted by the Banner Carriers in announcing this year’s Festival Theme “OH THE BOOKS I CAN READ!”

Dawn Tarin, General Chairperson announced the Grand Marshal LeUyen Pham, a Graduate of Temple City High School. Ms. Pham has authored and/or illustrated over 60 books and garnered many awards. Her books include “God’s Dream,” written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the New York Times Bestselling series “Freckleface Strawberry,” written by Julianne Moore. Ms. Pham prepared a short video for the event showcasing her artistic talent. The Honorary Grand Marshals are Matt and Janet Smith, who have been involved in various endeavors in the Temple City community for over 30 years. Notably, in December, Matt concluded his 15 years of service as Board Member with the Temple City Unified School District and Janet has served as PTA Board Member and President for several schools, several times.

Kristi Ferntheil coordinated the entertainment for the evening with The Temple City High School Small Dance Team tapping to “Strut Miss Lizzie,” the Oak Avenue Trio performing a Salute to Our Military and Temple City High School students Morgan Howlett and Mackenzie Byers singing “Me” from the upcoming Temple City Musical “Beauty and the Beast.”

Guests for the evening included parents, family and friends of the Royal Court and Banner Carriers. Past royalty members, city, school and chamber of commerce officials, community leaders and Camellia Festival committee members.

For more information please contact the Camellia Festival office at 626-285-2171 ext. 2350 or

King Austin Bateman and Queen Ella Clinton walk proudly Friday evening to be crowned King and Queen of the 2014 Camellia Festival – Photo by Terry Miller


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