Apr 26, 2014 1:51 AM by Olivia DeGennaro, KSBY News
The 27th annual Santa Maria Strawberry Festival kicked off on Friday.
With the start of the festival came the annual Strawberry Queen Contest.
Local girls compete for the crown by selling as many prize tickets as they can.
Elissa Mincitar was crowned Strawberry Queen 2014. She sold 2,100 tickets to earn the title.
The proceeds from the sales go toward scholarships for the competitors.
The queen and her court will also have the honor of making appearances at local events throughout the year.
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