Queen’s Department for 86th Mountain State Forest Festival announced

ELKINS – Mountain State Forest Festival Director General Peggy Phillips announces the appointment of the Queen’s Department for the 86th edition of the Festival. The theme for this year, taking place Saturday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 6, is “Timeless Traditions.”

Megan Casto will be serving her second year as the Director of the Queen’s Department. She will lead the planning, coordinating and delivering of all activities for the Royal Court of the 86th MSFF. In 2022, Casto served as an Assistant for the Queen’s Department. She and her family have been actively involved with the MSFF for many years.

Casto has volunteered on several committees, including Princess Orientation, Minor Court, Princess Ambassador, Window Decorating, and Pet Show. She was a Flower Girl in the 1995 MSFF and was a Maid of Honor in the 2008 MSFF. Her husband Dusty was a Trumpeteer for the MSFF from 1998-2000. Casto and her husband have two daughters, Callie and Everly. Callie served as a Scepter Bearer in the 2019 MSFF. Casto is employed as an accountant at Woodford Oil Company.

Hannah Shiflett will return for her second year as a Queen’s Department Assistant. Shiflett has previously volunteered on the Minor Court Committee and was a Princess Ambassador. She was a Maid of Honor in the 82nd MSFF and was a Flower Girl in the 72nd MSFF. Hannah is currently employed as a teacher at Midland Elementary School. Additionally, she is employed at the Gandy Dancer Theatre and Conference Center, where she is in her eleventh season, and is the lead dancer and back-up vocalist.

Allicen Simon will be serving her first year as a Queen’s Department Assistant. She has volunteered with the MSFF for many years on several committees. Allicen served as a Princess Ambassador, as well as serving as the Princess Ambassador Committee Chair. She was Chair of the Princess Housing Committee and was also a Jester Competition Judge. Simon is employed as a substitute teacher for Randolph County Schools. Allicen is married to Mike Simon of Elkins, and they have one daughter, Caroline. Allicen served as a Princess in the 2004 MSFF and Caroline served as a Flower Girl in the 2023 MSFF.

Maid Silvia LXXXVI will be crowned Queen of the 86th MSFF during the Royal Coronation at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 at the Citizens Bank of WV Amphitheatre, located on the campus of Davis & Elkins College. More information is available by calling the festival office at 304-636-1824, visiting festival social media, or by visiting www.forestfestival.com.

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