It's official. The ladies of the 2008 Blaine County Heritage Court have been crowned. On Sunday, the four women, Margaret Barton Murdock of Carey, Anna Faye O'Donnell of Bellevue, Lois Heagle of Hailey and Mary Lou Mickelson of Ketchum/Sun Valley, were honored at the fifth annual Heritage Court Coronation at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey.
The women were chosen for their participation in, contribution to and preservation of the history and heritage of the Wood River Valley.
The coronation ceremony was the first official public gathering of the women. Each of the women were escorted by the mayor (or mayors in the case of Mickelson who represented Ketchum/Sun Valley) of her town.
The four ladies were dressed to the nines with matching white aprons over bright-colored prairie skirts. Each of the women also donned a sash complete with her title as a lady of the Heritage Court.
Prior to their coronation, the ladies were entertained by a variety of Wood River Valley talents. The Senior Company of Footlight Dance Co. performed excerpts from "The Toy Shop," concert pianist Elana Watson played a number of classical selections and Company of Fools' singer Debra Wagoner sang selections from this summer's Fools Festival.
No longer ladies in waiting, the official ladies of the 2008 Heritage Court, Murdock, O'Donnell, Heagle and Mickelson will be more than busy this summer. They will ride in the Hailey Fourth of July Parade, Carey's Pioneer Days Parade, Wagon Days Parade in Ketchum and the Labor Day parade in Bellevue.