Kalia Haneburg crowned fifth member of 2019 festival five-generation court

COURTESY PHOTO - Sandy Mountan Festival Princess Kalia Haneburg, 12, attends Cedar Ridge Middle School.Though only 12, Kalia Haneberg already wears many hats.

Added to her wardrobe of responsibilities this summer will be the role of youngest Sandy Mountain Festival princess on the five-generation Queen's Court.

The title comes complete with a tiara.

Royalty — and charity —seem to run in the family. Haneburg is the great niece of Ann Marie Amstad, past princess and secretary of the Sandy Historical Society. Her grandmother was also queen one year, and escorted by Haneburg's grandfather.

While Haneburg noted that many Sandy youths bemoan the small size of the town and have advised her to "get out" after she graduates, she said "I've grown up here and I've always wanted to stay here. Sandy is my hometown and a great place to be."

For that reason, she is involved in many groups and events to benefit the community. Every year, Haneburg volunteers with her great aunt at the museum to host children's activities during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. She helps the Kiwanis fill and deliver Christmas baskets in December and host their Cruise-In in July, as well as walking her elderly, disabled neighbor's dog in an effort to help.

Though the free pancakes at the Cruise-In are pretty good incentive to help out, she also just "loves seeing the smiles on people's faces."

"It's fun to spend time with people," Haneburg said.

Being a people person, Haneburg most looks forward to "having fun with people." She also likes "watching the kids look up and be amazed (by the court in the parade). "When I found out I was going to be a princess I just started screaming in excitement," she added. "I want to show the people I know that I can do things."

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