1936 Lettuce Festival

1936 is when the Lettuce Festival hit its stride.

Kent Breakfast Club takes Lettuce to Wenatchee to spread the word about the Lettuce Festival.

Kent Breakfast Club takes Lettuce to Wenatchee to spread the word about the Lettuce Festival.

This year, Opel Sorenson is named the Lettuce Queen for the three day festival.  The Governor of Washington came down to Kent to crown her.

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Opel Sorenson in the Lettuce Parade

The baseball game from years past expanded to a fully tournament while other events were added to draw attention.  A flower show, industrial exhibits and a soap box derby bring flair.  A Lettuce King was even crowned, in Al Opperman.

The soap box derby ran down Temperance Street.

The soap box derby ran down Temperance Street.

It is good to be the Lettuce King, baby.

The Lettuce Queen and King

The parade was still a big hit, even though there was a little rain.  In the four divisions of the float competition the winners included: Shaffer Brothers, Angle Lake Garden Club, Renton Legion, and the ladies drill team of the Evergreen Lodge, Sons of Herman.

I love Lettuce Festival.

A stage from 1936.

The flower show attracts 700 visitors from 12 states and 40 cities.  In total, the 3 day fete attracts 20,000 visitors to Kent.

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