Accompanying herself on the guitar, she sang several of her original compositions, leading off with Fire, from her premier CD of the same name.
The crowd of more than 350 gave her a standing ovation. During the meal which preceded her performance, she elected to sit in the audience with her mother Karen Bishop, and friends.
Emcee Jeff Rash introduced Queen Yam LXXIII, Kaitlyn Blair Tackett, and this year’s Yamboree president, Judge Dean Fowler, who gave a brief history of the luncheon, which began with the first Yamboree in 1935.
Fowler also assisted Penny Taylor in presenting medals to the winners of the Yamboree Poetry and Essay Contests.
There were three divisions for both essays and poetry.
Division A was for 4th and 5th graders. Essay winner was Kaylee Fyffe of Gilmer Intermediate School. Poetry winner was Jackson Sampson, New Diana 5th grader.
Division B was for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Essay winner was Jack Martin, and poetry winner was Cailee Davidson from Harmony Middle School.
Division C, for 9th through 12th graders, had as its essay winner, Alyssa Arrington of Gilmer High School and poetry winner, Kimmy Hendricks of New Diana High School.
Rash began the program by asking everyone to stand, then sit down as he meantioned how many were attending their first, fifth, tenth, etc. Yamborees. The last person standing was Lorraine Wilburn, who has been to all 73 Yamborees.
He said that this year there are 24 visiting duchesses, with one each from Wisconsin and Florida.
Mary Jane Hamm, sister of the late Amy Dean, presented the Amy Dean Scholarship to Queen Kaitlyn.