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.
Congratulations to the
2021 Lilac Court!
Photo Credit: Chris Fox
2021 Lilac Court members received their tiaras at Maple Street Chapel on March 15, 2021. Pictured from left: Brittney Conway (LJWC, Co-Chair, Lilac Princess Program), Katherine Pettinger, Emmie Sathy, Lauren Huber, Kendall Crackel, Bella Walli, Susie Denz (LJWC, Co-Chair, Lilac Princess Program)
2021 Lilac Princess Program Schedule of Events
*February 28, 10:00 a.m. - Preliminary Interviews
*February 28, 6:00 p.m. - Lilac Court Parent Orientation
March 10, 6:30 p.m. - Lilac Court Communication Workshop (sponsored by Weselak & Associates)
*March 15, 7:00 p.m. - Tiara Presentation (this event will not be open to the public and will be livestreamed)
March 27 - Lombard Park District Easter Egg Hunt
April 6 - Lilac Princess Dining Night Out @ Bumper 2 Burger
April 13 - Lilac Princess Dining Night Out @ Rosemary & Jean's
April 14 - Village of Lombard Blood Drive
April 16, 6:30 p.m. - Lilac Princess Virtual Storytime
April 20 - Lilac Princess Dining Night Out @ Culver's Lombard
*April 24 - Final Interviews
April 30 - Little Lady Lilac Ball
*May 1, 1:00 p.m. - Coronation
(to watch the livestream visit https://www.facebook.com/events/515655683148505/)
*September 10 - Lilac Ball
*September 19, 1:30 p.m. - Lilac Day Parade (featuring our 2019, 2020, and 2021 Lilac Courts!)
October 3 - Lilac Time Arts & Craft Fair
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 2021 Lilac Princess.
Events are subject to state and local guidelines and may be cancelled or moved to a virtual format at any time.
Photo credit: Chris Fox
2020 Lilac Queen Coronation. Pictured from left: Brittney Conway (LJWC, Co-Chair, Lilac Princess Program), Jim Scalzo (Lombard Park District), Madison Crowe (2019 Lilac Queen), Lizzy Florey, Jamya Whitman, Karli Wilson, Abby Lynch, and Stacy Caeiro.
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. Download our Sponsorship Opportunities Packet here.
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.