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Ashley Lanphear rides in the St. Paul St. Patrick's Day parade. Submitted photo

Lanphear is St. Paul's 'Miss Shamrock' 

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Ashley Lanphear, a 2004 Hudson high School graduate, has earned the title of Miss Shamrock 2013 in the city of St. Paul. She was chosen based on her representation of the St. Patrick's Association (SPA) and crowned the week of St. Patrick's Day. She will serve as the figurehead of the association for the year ahead.

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The SPA began in 1967 with a group of friends wanting to have a St. Patrick's Day parade before they "got too old." A Miss Shamrock has been crowned each year since then. Lanphear said she is thrilled to join these distinguished Irish lasses. The selection process for Miss Shamrock involves volunteer work, an interview process, and fundraising for the St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Association's charities through weeks of button sales.  

As part of the Saint Patrick's Day festivities this year, Lanphear gave a television interview, led a processional into the St. Patrick's Day mass at the Cathedral of Saint Paul, appeared at Irish bars, was knighted by the Vulcans Krewe, and greeted the spirited Irish crowd during the parade.

Throughout the next year, she will sit alongside Mr. Pat to represent Irish culture, the city of St. Paul and the St. Patrick's Association at events and parades. She will finish her reign next year by guiding the 2014 princesses on their journey to join the Queens of Green.

She is the daughter of Diane and Mark Lanphear of Hudson.

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