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Meet the Royalty of the North Branford Corn and Potato Festival [Video]

North Branford Patch, along with the Rec Department, crowned the Royal Patch Court on Aug. 7.

North Branford Patch, along with the North Branford Recreation Department and some background music by Big Shot, crowned the Royal Patch Court on the final day of the North Branford

The , Fran Meroli and Tracy Fair, handed over their spuds, but not before Patch crowned the Prince and the Princess of the Potato Fest. 

Willy Taylor and Karen Ablondi, a husband-and-wife duo, sweated it out last weekend as they parked cars in the lots and were honored with Prince and Princess Potato Heads and crowns for their efforts in making the fest a success.

Then it was time to announce the king and queen.

First, Fair passed on her title to Jackie Folz, another hard-working volunteer, who also was sure to thank the countless other volunteers for making the festival possible.

Merola, the director of , then passed his potato on to Kyle Mezerewski, who received a slew of nominations for his dedication to Kids Camp, along with mentoring and coaching in town.

Jared Jamieson summed up several nominations by saying Mezerewski was "an amazing counselor at Kids Camp, the best one I have ever met. He was a very inspiring coach and very fun."

After the court was crowned and the past and present North Branford royalty posed for some photo ops, festival goers were treated to Big Shot, the Ultimate Billy Joel Experience, as they enjoyed fried dough, doughnuts, ice cream and, of course, corn and potatoes. 

Beverage Guy August 08, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Thanks for the video. It gives those of us who were there that could not make it to the stage an opportunity to see the presentation. Thanks again.
Nicole Ball August 09, 2011 at 02:24 PM
Sounds like the fest was fantastic and the royal spud court sounds like a great group of people! Awesome collaboration between North Branford Patch and the Recreation Department!
Pamela Gery May 03, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Thanks again Patch and Jen, for doing such a great job with the Royal Court! We started this a few years back but with all the other responsibilities of the festival it was getting harder and harder to coordinate; now with Patch taking it over I hope to see this continue year after year acknowledging those that are so intricate in the community!!

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