It was the year without a bean festival queen in Stayton. Festival manager Gene Malecki and fellow organizers of the 15th Annual Santiam Bean Festival scheduled for July 1949 decided to shake up some old traditions. Instead of selecting their usual bean queen and her court, a young boy would be crowned Jack of the Beanstalk and his court would consist of a small band of merry men. The storybook character of Jack was chosen for its ties to the extensive crop of snap beans in the locality.
Jack of the Beanstalk – 15th Annual Santiam Bean Festival
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