Current Rhododendron Queens 

2024 NC Junior Rhododendron Queen, Cassidy McHone (left), and 2024 NC Rhododendron Queen, Karlee Sanderford (right)

One of the area's longest-standing scholarship opportunities for young women, the North Carolina Rhododendron Pageant is held over the course of the two evenings of the Festival, in the Bowman Middle School Auditorium. Each year two girls are crowned to embark on the incredible journey that is traveling our fine state representing the North Carolina Rhododendron Festival, Bakersville, and the beautiful Roan Mountain. 

Cassidy McHone

2024 North Carolina Junior Rhododendron Queen

Karlee Sanderford

2024 North Carolina Rhododendron Queen

The Rhododendron Queens have been busy making many appearances all across the state from the Mountaineer Festival right in Bakersville to Riverfest in over in the port city of Wilmington. 

To keep up with their appearances you can find links to The Rhododendron Festival and Queens on social media below.