Meet Our Royalty!

Welcome to our 2017 – 2018 Royalty! We’re so excited for another year with a new bunch of amazing people.


  • Queen Natalie Jacobwith
  • Princess Kelly Flanders
  • Princess Chloe Ekstrum

Junior Royalty

  • Junior Queen Charlotte Sommervold
  • Junior Princess Elsa Braendlin

Senior Royalty

  • Queen Deb Winter-Renfro
  • King Jay Graziani

Royal Benefits: Scholarships

WalserFoundation2013The Scholarships

The Raspberry Royalty Scholarship Fund is funded through the work of the Hopkins Raspberry Association charitable gaming operation, fundraisers, and most recently, the addition of the generous participation of the Walser Foundation.

Walser Automotive Group got its start in Hopkins when Jack Walser opened Town’s Edge Ford in 1956. Since then, we’ve been a proud member of the Hopkins community and have been committed to giving back to communities where we work, live, and play. The Walser Foundation donates 5% of pre-tax earnings to local nonprofit organizations and participates in numerous philanthropic events throughout the Twin Cities. On behalf of our employees, our customers and their families, Walser is proud to support Raspberry Royalty Scholarships.

Personal Growth

Testimonial: Aubree Yunker 2005-2006 Hopkins Raspberry Festival Queen.
One of the many reasons I loved my experience as Royalty was the way that I grew as a professional young woman.  Throughout my year as queen I found myself a part of many public speaking opportunities.  We spoke at events around Hopkins and at other festivals’ coronations, both where we introduced ourselves and invited people to join us for the next Hopkins Raspberry Festival.  I had always felt pretty comfortable speaking publicly, but this program gave me the opportunity to hone my skills and not be such a scripted speaker.

I also learned to be more comfortable speaking to people that I had just met.  I learned to strike up a conversation with new people and skills to keep a conversation going.  I learned to network and make connections with people that I never would have before this program. Through just those two pieces of the Royalty program, I have increased my opportunities in my professional life.  I am a middle school science teacher, so I spend my whole day speaking to people.  I am able to keep a conversation going with middle school students and adults who may just need someone to talk to.  I have grown a passion for facilitating adult professional development classes and have been placed many leadership roles at our school.  The opportunities the Royalty Program gave me help me to grown into the professional woman I am today.

Having Fun in Our Community

As a candidate, you get to be a part of the community in multiple fun ways!

You get to enjoy a Twins Games, model fashions from a local clothing store, and hang out with the other candidates for Group Judging night. You may also get to go to neighboring community’s coronation and reception or parade to meet other people in the festival world!

You will get a chance to meet and volunteer with many of the adorable Junior Royalty Candidates at Art Night, a community service event, and their coronation and dance. And enjoy time and stories with the Senior Royalty at their Senior Coronation and Game Day.

Culminate the experience with a ride in a convertible down Mainstreet during the Grande Day Parade…doesn’t this sound right up your alley!?!

From meeting fellow business people, candidates and volunteers; to having fun with the Junior Royalty Candidates, and riding in a parade…

  • Crown Town Fundraising Dinner
  • Junior Royalty Candidate Art Night
  • Self Defense Class
  • Self Improvement Sessions
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Meet the Candidates
  • Practice Interviews
  • Private Interviews
  • Minnesota Twins Game
  • Senior Royalty Coronation and Game Day
  • Junior Royalty Coronation and Dance
  • Attend Hopkins Raspberry Festival Board of Directors Meeting
  • Royalty Candidate Group Judging
  • Royalty Coronation and Royal Ball and Rehearsal
  • Grande Day Parade

Forging New Friendships


Lauren Paulson

2004-2005 Hopkins Raspberry Festival Princess.

During my time as a princess, the aspect I loved the most was meeting so many different people from different communities. We all have the common goal of volunteerism, showcasing our community, and the pursuit of personal development. So it was easy to see why we became so close so quickly.

Still to this day, I have kept in touch with people who were queens, princesses and ambassadors during my year. I have helped my friends by volunteering with their local festivals, and asked for people to volunteer with for the Raspberry Festival. We have the same goals and motivation, to provide the same amazing experience we had!

And from a personal aspect; I have been invited to fellow royal alumni’s weddings, wedding/baby showers, new babies, new business launches, lunches and coffee chats. These friendships have helped me through college and my professional career, and because we have this bond from over a decade ago; I know it will last!