First queen of Kansas town’s festival dies at 102

Kansas First News
Kansas First News

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – The first woman to be crowned queen of a south-central Kansas town’s annual fall festival has died in Oklahoma at age 102.

The Arkansas City Traveler reports (http://bit.ly/1cxIdEo ) that Dorothy Moore Harbaugh died Saturday in Enid, Okla. Her daughter, Ann Reding, told the newspaper that Harbaugh had been suffering from an intestinal virus.

Harbaugh was born in Arkansas City and was crowned queen of the inaugural Arkalalah festival in 1928. According to an obituary posted by an Enid funeral home, Harbaugh moved to the Oklahoma town after she married following World War II, but she returned to Arkansas City for the festival as often as possible – most recently in 2011, at age 100.

A $500 scholarship in Harbaugh’s name was established last year for Arkalalah festival queens.

Information from: The Arkansas City (Kan.) Traveler, http://www.arkcity.net

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