Judy Harding of Maple Grove has been named Senior Queen of the Minneapolis Aquatennial 2012-13. The coronation took place in July during the Aquatennial “Best Days of Summer.”
Harding and her husband Ralph have been Maple Grove residents since 1989. She is also a co-founder and past coordinator of the Maple Grove Ambassador Program and currently volunteers at the Maple Grove Hospital.
During her year-long reign as Senior Queen, Harding will make 50 to 60 appearances at festivals throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding area. In addition to parades and coronations, the Aquatennial Ambassadors are involved with various charitable events such as the Ronald MacDonald House and Alzheimer’s Association. Twice a month they enjoy singing with the Minneapolis Aquatennial Senior Alumni Ambassadors at senior living centers and other venues.
Rounding out the Aquatennial senior royal family is Commodore Bruce Humphreys, Princess Roxanne Denysiuk and Vice-Commodore Terry Hoppenrath.
When asked if she is enjoying her role as queen, Harding said, “I’m having a fantastic time. I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity to meet so many wonderful people and visit so many beautiful cities and towns around the state. And I’m looking forward to riding in our own Maple Grove Days parade next July.”