Locally-Born Celebrity And #1 Bloom Fan, Lauryn Ricketts
, Returns To Headline The 2014 Ladies' Horticultural Luncheon
April 7, 2014
The 2014 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® is shaping up to be a wonderfully sentimental affair.
This 87th Celebration of Springtime seems to be all about returning to roots, and dreams coming true, and the simple pleasures of being in the Land of Pink and Green.
The Ladies' Horticultural Luncheon is one of the Festival's oldest and most traditional events.
Black-and-white photos from the 1930s show the George Washington Hotel Ballroom packed with elegant ladies in hats and gloves.
Event Organizers in recent years have worked hard to present a Featured Speaker who embodies all that this event has ever represented in the past; and, what might now be called "The Modern Spirit of the Area.
Festival President, Lou Ann Thompson, is therefore thrilled to announce that Winchester's own Lauryn Ricketts
will return to headline this year's Ladies' Luncheon.
will be attending her
30th consecutive Festival this year [that would be her
entire life], but this time she
will be attending as an "honored guest.
Filling the role of the Featured Speaker at the Ladies' Horticultural Luncheon is "an absolute dream-come-true" in her
eyes; and, "a great honor.
Ricketts was born and raised in Winchester, Virginia, as was her entire family (extending back to her great-grandparents).
graduated from John Handley High School
in 2001 and continued her
education at Randolph-Macon College
in Ashland, Virginia.
hopes to someday become a broadcast meteorologist were defined at a very young age; and, this was a dream she
During college, she
began to intern at TV station WRIC
in the Richmond area, gaining valuable experience while working with several resident broadcast meteorologists.
When summer rolled around, Ricketts
was fortunate enough to capitalize on the relationships she
had forged on the Richmond TV circuit to gain an internship at FOX5
in Washington, D. C., with her
now mentor, Sue Palka, and the FOX5
It was here that she
developed lifetime connections in the D. C. market.
Lauryn continued to work at WRIC during her time in college; and, at FOX5 on breaks and in the summer.
When college ended, FOX5 in Washington D.C. offered her a job at the young age of 21.
From there, her
career took off.
In 2007, her
hometown of Winchester, Virginia, was starting an ABC affiliated television station and they needed a meteorologist.
was their girl.
On March 5, 2007, Lauryn
kicked off her
gig as TV3 Winchester's
first Chief Meteorologist, right in her
She continued her duties as Chief Meteorologist at TV3 for five additional years (covering the small tornado outbreak in the region in 2008, the historic blizzards of 2009 and 2010, and several flooding and ice storm events).
After she left TV3 Winchester, she headed back to FOX5 for the fourth time in her career.
Lauryn has enjoyed everything the Festival has had to offer her during her life, including her enthusiasm for the "pooper scoopers" at three years old which was covered by The Winchester Star; singing in the chorus for the Queen's Coronation while at Daniel Morgan Middle School; working at several Apple Blossom Events during her time at John Handley High School; serving as a Court Princess with several of her Winchester friends for the 75th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival®; and, commentating the Grand Feature Parade for four consecutive years for local television.
Returning to her
hometown now as an Official Festival Guest/Celebrity brings her
Festival love "full circle.
It is "a dream-come-true, and she
couldn't be more thrilled!"
- Ladies' Horticultural Luncheon