Aspen History: ‘Queen of Wintersköl’
“Claire Hennig crowned Queen of Wintersköl,” announced The Aspen Times on Jan. 29, 1953. “Miss Claire Hennig of Wasau, Wisconsin, was crowned Queen of the 1953 Aspen Wintersköl by Lana Turner and Lex Barker at coronation ceremonies at the Wintersköl Ball Saturday evening at the Armory. Miss Hennig was sponsored by the Wasau Ski Club and is a member of the Wasau Ski Patrol. Attendants for the Queen are the Misses Kathleen Cooner of Boise, Idaho; Karlen Lee Reich of Denver, formerly of Glenwood; Bebe Woods of St. Louis, Mo., formerly of Aspen; and Sheila Lyons of North Seattle Washington. The queen candidates were entertained at a cocktail party Friday evening given by the Wintersköl committee. They will have a special float in the Wintersköl parade this Saturday afternoon. Acting as judges for the selecting of the Wintersköl Queen were Bob Ryan, Gene Clark, and Ivor Peterson.” The image above shows 1953 Wintersköl Queen Claire Hennig (far right) at the Coronation Ball in 1953. From left to right at the microphones on the left side are Lana Turner, Lex Barker and Bob Colen.
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