PHOENIXVILLE - All hail! The 2007 Dogwood Festival Prince and Princess were named during Thursday evening's festivities at the Dogwood Festival at Reeves Park.
Nakia Latimore-Beasley, 5 and Jordyn D'Puia, 5, both of Phoenixville, were handed their titles and crowns at the Reeves Park Band Shell in front of their families, friends and festival attendees.
The 2007 Dogwood Queen, Maria Konstantinidis, was on hand to present each contestant with a plaque, a rose and a big hug.
"I'm very happy for both of the winners," said Konstantinidis. "They are simply adorable. They seem like real sweethearts - like a true prince and princess. It's going to be fun spending time with them during the parade."
Other children who participated were Willetta Wisely, Maria Masturzo, Rae Ann Welsh, Kaitlyn Kohler, and Deanna Moskowitz.
Ages of the contestants ranged from five to eight years of age.
Dogwood Prince/Princess Committee member Michelle Wagner said both children will receive $50 savings bonds as part of their prizes.
"The voting was really close this year," said Wagner. "Both the Prince and Princess will ride with members of the Phoenixville Area Jaycees in this year's Dogwood Parade on Saturday, May 19."
Wagner said that donations were more than $780, which will benefit the Phoenixville Public Library.
Nakia Latimore-Beasley, son of Rahim Beasley and Kandice Latimore, has some royal lineage, as his father confessed to being Prom King during his high school days.
"I was so nervous for him up there," said Rahim. "It was like I was on stage with him. I know how he feels because I was Prom King when I was in high school. It's a cool feeling and I think he'll like it."
Kandice Latimore said she was really excited for her son.
"I'm so proud of him," said Kandice. "He knew he was in the running and he did good."
A preschooler at CCIU-Head Start, Nakia said he's very happy to be prince.
"I've been to the festival twice this week," said Nakia. "I like this crown."
Jordyn D'Puia, daughter of Joe and Bobbie D'Puia, had quite a cheering section Thursday evening.
"I'm the happiest dad in the whole world," said Joe. "We collected money from a lot of people to make this happen. We're absolutely ecstatic."
Bobbie D'Puia said she's really happy for her own little princess.
"I'm very excited and proud of her," said Bobbie. "We come from a fundraising family, so we are all about supporting events like this."
Jordyn, who attends Magic Memories, said it feels good to be a real-life princess.
"I feel good and very happy," said Jordyn. "I'm going to wave at everyone during the parade."
Both children agreed that they were looking forward to riding in the parade on Saturday and throwing candy at the crowd.
The Dogwood Prince/Princess Committee would also like to thank Crown Trophy for the plaques, sashes and crowns; Petrucci's Ice Cream & Water Ice for donating gift certificates to each contestant; and Majestic Midways for donating free ride tickets for each contestant.