1935 Lettuce Festival

With the success, the Legion set out to make the 1935 Lettuce Festival better!

Thelma Saito was elected to be the Lettuce Queen and the total vote count for nearly tripled, with 210,584 tickets cast.

1935 Lettuce Court.  Queen Thelma Saito center, Princesses Virgie Reynolds and Lee Asselstine beside her.

1935 Lettuce Court. Queen Thelma Saito center, Princesses Virgie Reynolds and Lee Asselstine beside her.

June 22, 1935 was the big day.

The World’s Largest Salad was again in evidence after the queen coronation.  There was a baseball game with a air squadron flyover!  The lettuce packing contest was new for the year.

Part of the coronation ceremony from 1935.  Notice the radio man, in the far right, broadcasting live from the stage!  This is a big deal for Kent!

Part of the coronation ceremony from 1935. Notice the radio man, in the far right, broadcasting live from the stage! This is a big deal for Kent!

The parade was an evening affair that was still over an hour long.  The queen’s float was accompanied by a court including; Bessie Tanagawa, Uki Onchi, Toyo Nakatsuka, Sakaye Tamada, Yochiyo Kawasaki, June Yamashita.

Kent Lettuce Festival Parade

Kent Lettuce Festival Parade

That parade was followed by a street dance and the day ended with fireworks!

Unfortunately, we do not have a lot of information on the 1935 Lettuce Festival because the Kent Valley News did a special printing for the festival that we don’t have.  If you have a copy, let us know!

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