Wrangling royalty: Lynette Proctor has guided generations of Queen's Court members
Lynette Proctor has worn many hats in the 34 years that she's called Sandy home, but one of her most cherished was a crown as a Sandy Mountain Festival princess. After serving on the Five Generation Queen's Court in 2008, Joan Parker, who'd acted as court coordinator during Proctor's reign passed away and her family tapped Proctor to succeed her. Thus, Proctor's time wrangling royalty began.
"I wanted to keep Joan's tradition alive for recognizing five ladies on what they did to make Sandy a great place to live," Proctor said of taking up the Queen's Court mantle.
Proctor was arguably more honored by being asked to take over in Parker's stead, than she was to be crowned a princess, though she said that too was very special.
"It's nice to be recognized for what you do," Proctor said. "You're part of Sandy's history now. I was very honored, and at first, dumbfounded. I was humbled and I didn't do what I did — volunteering — to be on the court."
In her 13 years as court coordinator, Proctor helped guide 50 different princesses and queens, taking them to car shows, parades, fairs and more, besides the Sandy Mountain Festival itself.
"I've met a lot of amazing ladies and young ladies," Proctor said. Some of those ladies have been her own daughters; Proctor's daughter Angela served as a princess in 2010 and Dakota was crowned in 2012.
Before she herself was crowned as a princess in 2008, Proctor was already volunteering and working to make a difference in the community. She worked with the Sandy High FFA, of which her daughters were members; through her job at Bi-Mart she dreamed up and coordinated Damascus Day in the Park and she was also a captain for the March of Dimes.
Proctor retired from her position on the Sandy Mountain Festival board last year with longtime leaders Shannon and Martin Montgomery.
"I had 13 fantastic years with the court," Proctor said. "I knew things would be different, and I also had the opportunity to take an actual vacation this year. I'm not getting any younger and there's a lot out there I want to see."
Proctor is also anticipating the arrival of her fifth grandchild any day now, and looking forward to having more time to spend with her family.
That said, Proctor has been involved in past Princesses Machel Heldstab and Jenni Heller's efforts to coordinate a float in the Sandy Mountain Festival parade for past royalty.
"I was heartbroken there wasn't going to be a court this year, and on the anniversary," she said. "I went through a time feeling like I had let Joan Parker down. But now I get it. They've taken on a new adventure (with the festival) and had to cut certain things and unfortunately that included the court."
Though she's not sure if she'll be around for the festival, Proctor said: "I think it will be extra special and fun to see the ladies I haven't seen in a long time on the float."
"I just tried (as coordinator) to make it as fun as possible for every one of the members of the courts," she added. "It's been an honor to be on the board for 13 years. I've made some great, lifelong friends."
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