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Fremont's Miss 1964 to pass on her crown
Fremont native Jane Turner, 66, displays her tiara, sash and other memorabilia from when she was crowned Fremont Queen in 1964, in photo below. (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)
The year was 1964 and the town of Fremont was celebrating its bicentennial.
Turner was 16 at the time and figured she'd give it a shot when she heard Fremont planned to name a queen for the town's big birthday celebration.
Turner was one of 18 who competed for the coveted title of Fremont Queen at Ellis School.
"I'm very excited," Turner said of her return for the pageant to be held at Ellis School for the first time since her crowning.
While the pageant is being held in conjunction with the celebration, organizers hope to make it an annual tradition for students in grades 8 through 12.
Wheaton-Pinder contacted Turner a few years ago and asked if she would be willing to participate in the pageant.
"I'm very excited that she's so willing to participate and she's going to lend her dress the day of the event," Wheaton-Pinder said. Turner had to wear three different dresses during the bicentennial event in '64 and recalled how she had to walk across the stage and then had to identify herself, her parents and provide some of her personal history.
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