Lady and Lord Tarleton Announced at May Fete
By Makenzie Plusnick—
Tarleton celebrated May Fete on Tuesday, April 9, and announced the new Lady and Lord Tarleton. Hannah McManus and Dalton Lopez won their titles after competing against three other contestants. The competition included Tarleton trivia, as well as questions about their personal experiences at Tarleton.
May Fete began in 1921 as a pageant that was held during Parent’s Day, according to an article by Frank Chamberlin on the Tarleton website. The original May Fete pageant was a themed competition, where female Tarleton students competed for the title of ‘May Queen.’
“The criteria for being selected included such qualities as beauty, poise, personality, and posture,” Chamberlin wrote.
The pageant also featured the May Pole Celebration, where female students would wrap the trees in ribbons. The master of ceremonies of the pageant held the title of Lord Tarleton. This pageant continued until the late ‘30s.
The May Fete Tarleton hosts now is different than the traditional pageant. According to the Purple Book, the Tarleton Ambassadors, a student group on campus, revived the tradition in 2009, but with a few changes. Now the pageant is based on the students’ knowledge of Tarleton history and their Tarleton experiences. Men also compete for the title of Lord Tarleton. Students wrap the May poles at the end of the May Fete ceremony, rather than just the contestants.
Maggie Osbourne, one of the Lady Tarleton contestants, was excited to participate, saying: “I’m honored that Tarleton saw how I exhibit the core values and chose me to be a part of this tradition. It means the world to be able to represent a university as amazing as Tarleton.”
Omar Herrera competed for the title of Lord Tarleton and was honored to be a part of this tradition.
“It meant a lot to me to participate,” he said. “I really wanted to express myself to Tarleton because I love this school so much. It really helps to know that I’ve created a legacy here and I hope to make it grow.”