A 14-year-old girl said she was very excited to be crowned Ifield May Fayre Queen and welcome visitors to the event.
Jessica Budd-Jeffreys, from Ifield, a life-long member of St Margaret’s Church, Ifield, said it was “very special” for her to be selected for the role.
Jessica will give a speech, be crowned and take centre-stage in the May Queen Parade with four attendants at the festival, which attracted thousands of visitors last year.
The 26th Fayre will start in St Margaret’s School, The Mardens, at 11am on Bank Holiday Monday (May 5) .
She said: “It’s like I’ve grown up watching May Queens.
“It was really exciting to know I was going to be made Queen.
“Even to be nominated was quite special for me.”
The fayre will raise funds for St Margaret’s Church and Ifield Barn Theatre.
Jessica was asked to be Queen at the church on April 13.
She added: “It made me feel people knew I had the ability to be May Queen and help the church.”
Jessica said she wanted to be May Queen since she was a small child.
She was a May Queen attendant in 2012 and 2010.
She said: “It will be nerve-wracking to start off with but it will be brilliant once the whole thing starts.
“I’m mainly look forward to getting to know more people.”
Jessica will be joined by her family on the day.
Her mother, Claire Budd, said she attended all 25 of the festivals so far and up to ten members of their family will attend the event this year.
Claire, 46, said: “We were quite excited.
“She’s been every year her whole life.
“I’m really excited it’s quite a big event, if the sun shines it will be absolutely packed up there.”
Jessica added she was a member of the church’s choir.
She said although she wanted to continue to sing all her life her dream job was to be a midwife.
She added: “It’s the idea I could help somebody to keep them alive - it’s completely exciting.”