If you are a Centralia High School alumni or had a child attend Centralia High School, then you are familiar with the Centralia May Fete tradition that has existed for over 100 years. The Monken Family has been proud to be a part of this tradition and all family members have participated in the dances and/or court during their high school years.
Jan Monken’s mother, Dorothy Rixmann Miller, was the 25th May Fete Queen. At that time May Fete was held outdoors and Dorothy made her own dress and train. Her daughters, Jan, Melissa, and Wendy, were all attendants their junior year.
Kim Monken McMillian’s daughter, Megan Marcum, was a flower girl for Stacey Smudrick, a freshman attendant and May Fete Queen. Her sister, Andrea Walton, was a freshman attendant the same year that Megan was queen. Both girls were involved with dances when they weren’t on the court. Lance and Megan’s kids, Hadley and Eli Marcum, served as scepter bearer and crown bearer.
Shawn Monken Hartmann, was a flower girl for Carol Jo Vaccaro and an attendant her senior year. Her children, Bredesen Hartmann and Katie Hartmann, along with their cousin, Will Miller, served as the trainbearers and flower girl for Megan Marcum. Bredesen Hartmann participated in the couples dance every year and became a May Fete escort during his junior year. Katie choreographed and participated in multiple dances all four years.
Wes Monken, was the trainbearer for Jan Johnson when he was seven. He wore the first white tuxedo ever used in May Fete and participated in the dance. Wes’s older daughter, Jalyn Monken, participated in dances all four years. This year Wes’s daughter, Addison Monken, will wind the senior maypole for her last year at Centralia High School. She has participated in dances every year. Addison is the last Monken grandchild to participate in May Fete. We look forward to all the great-grandchildren participating!
Wow, what memories! I have only attended the beloved May Fete one time since I graduated high school. I hope to take my daughter Meadow to see it this year!
It certainly is a unique Centralia tradition!