2013 Canal Festival Royalty
From Left to Right: Queen Shelby Matchett, Sr. Queen Bess Van Atta, Princess Madelyn Meiser
2013 Coshocton Canal Festival Queen
Shelby Matchett is the 18 year old daughter of Scott & Cheryl Matchett. She is a 2012 graduate of Ridgewood High School. Shelby participated in band, choir, golf and track. She was a founding member of the girls’ golf team and also qualified and ran at the regional track meet last spring competing in the 300 low hurdles and 4×400 relay. As a 10 year member of Extreme Achievers 4-H club Shelby has shown sheep and horses while also taking special interest projects in arc welding and sewing. She works part-time at Chestnut Ridge Sewing while going to college at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. In addition to her younger sister Amanda, she has two dogs, Max and Maggie; two cats, Cledus and Lemon; and two horses. Her hobbies include swimming, skiing and representing the Coshocton Canal Festival at many events and festivals around the State of Ohio!
“Give her a project and watch it get done.” These are the words of the American Cancer Society, the nominator of this year’s senior queen. She has been a fixture in the Coshocton community for many years. She is now in semi-retirement from owning and operating a hair salon. The term semi retirement is accurate because she now divides her time between family and her other passions. She is a cancer survivor. She is a tireless volunteer who displays both enthusiasm and determination. As a member of the Relay for Life planning committee,she has spent countless hours working for and with other cancer survivors in connection with to Relay for Life held at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds every May. She is a charter member of the Blue Star Mothers of Coshocton Chapter OH 59 and has served as its chaplain since the chapter’s chartering in 2010. She always participates in the chapters fundraising events such as the American Legion brunch. She assists with membership drives and the nominating committee. Our nominee actively participates in chapter activities such as First Friday events, parades and informational events about the Blue Star Mothers. Last but not least, she also updates the chapter’s Facebook page.
2013 Coshocton Canal Festival Princess
Princess Madelyn Rose Meiser is an 11-year-old 5th grader at Lincoln Elementary School in Coshocton, Ohio. Madelyn is a principal’s roll student who particularly enjoys art and social studies. She is a Junior Girl Scout, and earned her Bronze Award last year. She also plays softball, dances tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, and tumbles. Madelyn attends Keene United Methodist Church and is active in the God’s Kids program. Last fall, she was excited to attend Space Camp for a week in Huntsville, Alabama. Madelyn enjoys traveling with her family. One of her favorite trips was to the Bahamas. Her love of traveling and appreciation for history are two reasons she enjoys being Canal Festival Princess. Some of her favorite festivals include the Geneva Grape JAMboree, Denison Railroad Festival, and Feast of the Flowering Moon. Madelyn was also the 2011 Bicentennial-Canal Festival Princess First Attendant, Second Attendant in 2010, and Junior Queen in 2009. Madelyn has also won numerous awards in the Princess contest over the years for costume, essay, and “Canal Spirit”. Her costume for the 2012 contest was a replica of a 1912 era lawn dress, for which she won first place in the costume contest. She also placed first in the essay portion for her story about her great-great grandfather, Jay Lawrence. Madelyn resides in Coshocton with her mother, Amanda; father, Tony; sister, Sophia (who was the 2011 Junior Queen); and brother, Lucas.