Valerie Hedman has been selected 2014 MangoMania Queen. The announcement was made last week by the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce, host and organizer of the annual MangoMania festivities.
A full-time resident of Bokeelia, Hedman lives on her family's farm where they raise palm trees, livestock and, of course, mango trees. She participated in MangoMania 2013, and at local farmers markets and other local events as a vendor selling her Island Mom's Jams.
"We love growing mangos on our land and making our delectable fruit into jams to share with everyone; Pine Island has the best mangos ever" Hedman said.
Queen Valerie will be traveling throughout the Lee County area promoting MangoMania, the popular summer festival and celebration of Pine Island agriculture, mangos and other tropical fruits.
Join the queen and her court at the 18th Annual MangoMania Tropical Fruit Festival Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 5p.m., at the German American Social Club on Pine Island Road in Cape Coral.
The public can also meet the queen and her court at the MangoMania kickoff party Thursday, June 19, at 6 p.m., at CW Fudge Factory in downtown Matlacha, 4548 Pine Island Road. The party is hosted by the Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce and co-hosted by CW Fudge Factory and Modern Woodmen.
MangoMania offers items such as mango scented soaps to the amateur and professional food contest, the famous pie eating contest, which this year they will have two categories the adult and kids.
"It's all about the Mango" at this event. Hedman said she feels very lucky to be part of such a great community and looks forward to promoting not only MangoMania but the Greater Pine Island area throughout the year.
Mango art winners
The winner of the 2014 MangoMania T-shirt artwork contest was Johanna Bro from Bokeelia. She drew a colorful mango with a hook in it, floating in the water.
The winner of the kids T-shirt artwork was 8-year-old Brianna Whitney, a student at Pine Island Elementary School. Brianna and her family live in St. James City.
Look for these two shirts and more fun stuff at the souvenir booth at MangoMania 2014.
For more information on event or to participate as a vendor visit www.MangoManiaFL.com