In 1930, Lombard held the first Lilac Pageant, crowning the first Lilac Queen, Adeline Fleege. In 2001, the Lombard Junior Women’s Club obtained sponsorship of what is today called the Lilac Princess Program. This time-honored tradition has been in existence in our community for over 90 years and it is an important part of Lilac Time in Lombard.
The contest is open to young women of Lombard who are between 16 and 21 years of age. The women are evaluated by a panel of impartial judges and are scored in categories like academics, community service involvement, poise and grace, speaking ability, and appearance. Five Lilac Princess are selected and serve as the Lilac Court, community ambassadors for the Village throughout Lilac Time. The Princesses participate in another round of interviews and on the first Saturday in May, the Lilac Queen is crowned. Each Lilac Princess is awarded a $1,000 scholarship, funded in part through a Village of Lombard Tourism Grant.
Congratulations to the 2022 Lilac Court!
From left: Brittney Conway (Lombard Junior Women's Club), Felicity Abbott (junior, Glenbard South), Kayla Hickman (sophomore, Glenbard East), Katy Nairn (senior, Fenwick), Allison O'Callaghan (junior, Glenbard East), Caitlyn Oliva (sophomore, College of DuPage), Susie Denz (Lombard Junior Women's Club)
2022 Lilac Princess Program Schedule of Events
*March 6, 10:00 a.m. - Preliminary Interviews
*March 6, 6:00 p.m. - Lilac Court Parent Orientation
March 9, 6:30 p.m. - Lilac Court Communication Workshop (sponsored by Weselak & Associates)
*March 14, 7:00 p.m. - Tiara Presentation (this event will not be open to the public and will be livestreamed)
March 20 - Mother-Princess Tea
April 9 - Lombard Park District Easter Egg Hunt
April 13, 5:30-7:00 p.m. - Village of Lombard Spring Blood Drive, First Church of Lombard
*April 23 - Final Interviews
April 29 - Little Lady Lilac Ball
*May 1, 1:00 p.m. - Coronation (Lilacia Park)
May 1 - Lilac Time Art & Craft Fair appearance
*May 6 - Lilac Ball, The Carlisle
*May 15, 1:30 p.m. - Lilac Day Parade (featuring our 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 Lilac Courts!)
June 22 - TLC Camp
This listing represents public appearances and other events that Lilac Court members are required to attend (as indicated by *). There are other events not listed here that Lilac Court members are encouraged to attend throughout their term as a 2022 Lilac Princess.
Events are subject to state and local guidelines and may be cancelled or moved to a virtual format at any time.
2021 Lilac Queen Coronation. Pictured from left: Katherine Pettinger, Lauren Huber, Emmie Sathy (2020 Lilac Queen), Kendall Crackel, and Bella Walli.
How to Support the Lilac Princess Program
The Lombard Lilac Princess Program has been a signature program for the Lombard Junior Women's Club since 2001 and its success is grounded on community support. Contributions, large and small, from individuals, businesses, grants and in-kind gifts all are essential to ensuring the continuation of this long-time tradition of Lombard.
Make a Donation
Make a one-time or reoccurring donation online or send a check to the Lombard Junior Women's Club (memo: Lilac Princess Program) to PO Box 512 Lombard, IL 60148.
Become a Sponsor
We offer flexible corporate sponsorship opportunities for our partners who join our mission to give back to our community. Email us at email@example.com to customize a sponsorship package that fits your interests and budget.
For more information on the Lombard Lilac Princess Program, contact Brittney Conway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You to our Supporters
The Lilac Princess Program Committee and the Lombard Junior Women's Club sincerely appreciate and thank all of the many individuals and local businesses who support this long-time Lombard tradition.
The Sathy Family
Photo Credit: Chris Fox, Lombardian