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Queen Pomona is the ambassador for our Festival and is available to make appearances throughout the community!  Whether it's a school classroom, a community event or another function you are hosting that you would like her to appear and share the history of the festival, read a book or participate in the event in some way - let us know in the form below!

Queen Pomona XLIV - Brittany Lynn Cenate

Brittany Lynn Cenate was crowned the 44th Queen Pomona at the Coronation ceremony on October 20th, 2023 at Airborne Church. She will reign over the festival until a new queen is crowned at the 45th festival in October of 2024. Brittany is the 19-year-old daughter of Michael and Tracey Cenate of Charles Town, WV. She is the granddaughter of Paul and Robin Cenate of Charles Town, WV, John and Elsie Coleman of Berkley Springs, WV, and Diane Stewart of Charles Town, WV. She is also the great granddaughter of Nancy Draper of Winchester, VA, and Paul Cenate Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, FL. 

Brittany is a junior at Shepherd University where she studies Business Administration with a minor in Marketing. At Shepherd University, Brittany is a member of Delight Ministries, which is a student-led bible study for female students on campus. Aside from being a full-time college student, Brittany balances her academics with a part-time position at Studio M Salon & Boutique.     

Prior to attending Shepherd University as a full-time student, Brittany took college courses through their Dual Enrollment program alongside her high school courses. Taking this opportunity allowed her to graduate from Washington High School with 18 college credits. 

In addition to dual enrollment college courses, Brittany was involved in many clubs and extra curricular activities, all while maintaining a 4.2 GPA. She was a four-year varsity member of Washington Patriot Softball, President of Student Government Association, a member of National Honors Society, and a member of Key Club International. 

Brittany started her softball career at the age of five, and continued to play for thirteen years. She participated in travel and high school softball with her biggest accomplishment being breaking two school records for most hits in a season and most stolen bases in a career and season. Her favorite memory was playing with her two older sisters, Madison and Taylor, during her freshmen year of high school. 

The apple industry has held a special place in Brittany’s family history, beginning with her great grandparents who were once operators of Byrd’s Orchard. After the unfortunate closure of the orchard, the land was repurposed as Cloverdale Heights neighborhood, the neighborhood in which Brittany has lived her entire life.

Through a number of experiences in community involvement, Brittany feels honored to continue her compassion through her title as Queen Pomona XLIV. She felt inspired to be a part of a community that encourages friendship, acts of service, and spreads awareness of the apple industry. Brittany is excited to meet new people, make a difference in her community, and experience all of the festivities that revolve around the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival.


If you would like our Queen Pomona to make an appearance at your event, school, or other function, please fill out the form linked to the Google doc form at right.

Thank you for your interest in scheduling Queen Pomona!

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