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The Orange Bowl crowned a girl from South Florida every year for 58 years from 1935-1993.
Ultimately, the cost of having a queen and four-member court to preside over the Orange Bowl festivities was deemed too much.
The Orange Bowl queens and court were provided "scholarships, wardrobes, lodging, police escorts, chaperones, luncheons and entertainment," as reported in a March 20, 1993, Orlando Sentinel article.
At the time the decision was made to eliminate the queens and court, the Orange Bowl was the second richest bowl in the country. Additionally, in the years prior they had applicant numbers in the triple digits but the year before the decision to eliminate the queen and court was made there were only 82 applicants for the roles.
In addition to riding in the Orange Bowl Parade, the Orange Bowl queen and court "greeted the bowl teams at the airport, acted as hostesses at parties, and modeled in the Orange Bowl fashion show," as reported in the article.
(For more information, read: 1 More Court Folds: Orange Bowl Queen)
However, the Junior Orange Bowl International Youth Festival, which began in 1948, does crown a court to represent the Junior Orange Bowl and act as Goodwill Ambassadors at the festival. The first queen was crowned in 1951. The court includes one Queen, two Princesses, and a "Little Sister." More information can be found at the Junior Orange Bowl Royal Court Website.
2015 Junior Orange Bowl Royal Court: Little Sister Takiya Belfore, Princess Madison Estape, Queen, Alexa Rodriguez, and Princess Alexandria Egues with mascot Jobie. The 2015 Junior Orange Bowl Royal Court: Little Sister Takiya Belfore, Princess Madison Estape, Queen, Alexa Rodriguez, and Princess Alexandria Egues with mascot Jobie. Photo Courtesy of jrorangebowl.org.
The Capital One Orange Bowl aired on December 31st, 2015 as part of the College Football Playoff Semifinal with #1 Clemson facing #4 Oklahoma for a spot in the College Football Championship.
The game took place in Miami Gardens, FL, and ended with Clemson taking the win.
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