Taylor Cawthon’s family is pretty proud of her.
And they should be.
Besides being at the top of her class at Lorain High School, where she is involved in student government, she was crowned last night as 2012 Lorain International Festival queen.
They put that pride on display Friday evening as International Festival’s bazaar kicked off, with at least seven family members showing up in T-shirts proclaiming “I’m the queen’s mom,” “I’m the queen’s dad,” “I’m the queen’s grandmother,” and “I’m the queen’s sister.”
And the T-shirts became quite a conversation starter, according to dad Steve Cawthon.
“As you walk through the crowd, people are kind of like, ‘Oh, congratulations!’ ” he said.
“A lot of looks,” he continued. “When you’re walking with Taylor people figure it out, but then when you have this shirt on, it’s kind of a dead giveaway. … It’s a nice feeling. You’re already proud of her, but when you have people thanking you and congratulating you and doing all those types of things as you walk through the crowd, it makes it really nice.”
Cawthon credits Taylor’s stepdad, Andy Santoro, with coming up with the T-shirt idea.
“After the crowning last night we were talking about doing something,” Cawthon said, and Santoro said a friend of his could make T-shirts.
For T-shirts made in less than a day, both Cawthon, and his wife, Jenny, called them “way better than we expected” and all they could say for how he did it is “Andy pulled some strings.”
Cawthon said most of the family members probably won’t wear the T-shirts all weekend long because they will be getting dirty working the festival booths Saturday and will need to dress up a bit Sunday for the royalty breakfast.
“We figured it would be a nice way to start the festival off,” he said. “Like my wife said, we’re here every year, but this year it takes it to a whole ‘nother level.
“When she won, when we heard her name announced last night — it was like — the closest thing I can compare it to is winning a championship in sports. It had that feeling for me, and seeing it happen — it was just amazing.”