The king and queen of the 2019 Fenton Freedom Festival will be crowned Wednesday, July 3 at 6:30 p.m. before the Silver Lake Ski Show at Silver Lake Park. Queen Kaitlin Gruber, 18, is the daughter of Tim and Kim Gruber of Tyrone Township. Each will earn a $1,000 college scholarship after ending their reigns in 2020.
Why did you choose to run for the title of Fenton Freedom Festival queen?
I have lived in Fenton for my entire life. I grew up going to the parades, sitting on the curb with my sisters, watching the Freedom Festival queen go by. I always looked up to the queens and since a young age, I tried to be like them. I always try my best to lead by example, and spread kindness.
What is your favorite Fenton Freedom Festival activity?
The Fenton Rotary Rubber Ducky Regatta is my favorite. Since I was little, our family has bought a ticket every year.
What do you like most about Fenton?
Fenton is a great place to grow up, with fabulous schools, an exciting downtown and is a caring supportive community with a small-town feel. I’m very proud to call Fenton my home and love watching our city expand and become a destination.
What are your extra-curricular activities?
My parents raised me to make a positive contribution to my community and country. I volunteer every year at Mission of Mercy, which provides free dental care to those in need in rural communities in the United States. I’ve also volunteered on the pediatric floor at Ascension Genesys Hospital; attended a Forever Changed International Mission trip to Guatemala; volunteered at State Road Elementary School and the Fenton Fire Department, helping firefighters become Emergency Medical Technician-certified (EMT). To help cover the costs of my activities, I work part time as an instructor at Bounce Gymnastics.
What are your future plans?
I attend the Genesee Career Institute and when I graduate next year, I will have my EMT license. After graduation, I plan to be an EMT while I continue my education at either Grand Valley State University or Kettering University. Someday, I want to work in the medical field and use my EMT skills.