The Magnolia Belles are ambassadors of goodwill for CHPT and the City of Columbus.
The first Magnolia Belles were presented in 1964 and are an important part of the Magnolia Days Festival. They add a touch of Southern grace and antebellum nostalgia to the festival and historic properties on tour.
To become a Magnolia Belle, a young lady must meet certain criteria:
She must be a graduating senior at Columbus High School or live within the Columbus ISD boundaries and be enrolled in and graduating from a recognized educational program.
She must be passing all school subjects at the time of invitation.
It is important she be active in extra-curricular activities in school and the community.
She must participate in and support the Columbus Historical Preservations Trust by volunteering as a docent in a home on tour or in the Stafford Opera House prior to her senior year.
She must attend one docent training session prior to her senior year. CHPT encourages girls to complete docent training as early as the summer after her 8th grade year.
She must be childless, not married, or pregnant.
Out of school suspension or alternative education placement any time during high school will automatically disqualify a young lady from participation.
Magnolia Belle Presentations
The Magnolia Belles are presented to the public twice during the Magnolia Days Festival. The first presentation is held the Friday night of the festival in the Grand Hall of the Stafford Opera House. The second presentation is held on Saturday afternoon of the festival on the Courthouse Square. After the Saturday presentation, the Belles visit the historic homes on tour to meet visitors and take photos.
Magnolia Belles Through the Years
Become a Belle
For more information on becoming a Magnolia Belle, please send us an email and our Belle Coordinator will get in touch with you as soon as possible.