On Saturday evening, May 17, 1980, Tualatin’s Winona Grange hall was decorated with spring flowers and filled with jolly folks as the Crawfish Festival court was being chosen. Princesses, dressed in formal gowns, made little speeches, and a panel of judges chose Sena Enger as Queen. Lori Hughes was princess that year, and queen in 1981. It was a fun time, but was really holding people’s attention was the smoking mountain up north. Next morning Mt. St. Helens blew up, a column of ash spewing 6,000 feet above the raging volcano. It was the most deadly and economically destructive volcanic eruption in U. S. history.
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