Crocker is from Freeport and competed for the title alongside her close friend, Amber Sullivan.
Both girls are also cousins with last year’s queen, Taylor Barnaby, and have fond memories of the competition growing up.
“I remember being a little girl and seeing the girls walking around, saying, ‘this is something I want to do’,” said Crocker.
Crocker and Sullivan, both 18, say they’ve learned a great deal from the process involved with applying for the queen position, a main portion of which revolves around preparing speeches.
“The leadership skills you gain from this process are really valuable,” said Sullivan.
“We learn public speaking, oral and written, and also engaging with new people – these allow us to build up our confidence, which is important,” said Crocker.
Both plan on pursuing post secondary education – Crocker in science at Acadia University and Sullivan in business at the Nova Scotia Community College – and credit the competition with giving them even more skills they’ll use in their studies.
The duo’s duties for the weekend have them side by side – presiding over events, chatting with festival goers and
Crocker will go on to compete this May at Apple Blossom for the title of Queen Annapolisa. She’ll also make appearances at various events and participate in parades.
After years in her 4H club, where she gave many presentations, Crocker said she’s pretty comfortable in the position, which involves lots of public speaking and meeting new people.
And then again, it’s always nice to have a friend to lean on if things get tough.
“We work together. I’m her go to gal,” said Sullivan.
“If there’s anything she can’t go to, I go for her.”
The two are glad to have shared this experience with a friend.
“We’re a back to lean on for each other,” said Crocker.