TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A new king and queen began their reign Saturday night.
The Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish crowned a young couple the Fiesta Mexicana King and Queen of 2012.
Dressed in attire fit for a king and queen, five poised young members of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish made their entrance at the Ag hall at the Kansas Expocentre Saturday evening.
But these royal candidates for Fiesta Mexican King or Queen don't aim to reign, they seek to serve.
"The candidates before, when I was younger, inspired me to do it," candidate Josie Gonzalez said. "They helped me out to go to school and I want to do something for the kids now," she said.
The young hopefuls signed up - not necessarily for chance to wear a crown - but for days of hard work.
"It's twelve weeks of fundraising on these young people's part," Fiesta Royalty Committee Chair Bridget Martinez said. "This is their final night and they get to find out who raised the most funds."
Together the court raised $133.323.04, thanks in large part to newly crowned King and Queen, Edwin Martinez and Michelle Garcia-Hubbard.
Martinez became king on account of being the only male candidate, while Garcia-Hubbard was the female candidate who raised the most funds.
Blanca Alvarado, Jose Gonzalez and Alejandra Ruiz round up the 2012 court as princesses.
Parents and family members of king, queen and princesses beemed with pride. The campaign took 105 days of sleepless nights and was often a family-affair, they said.
Funds raised from Fiesta Mexicana benefit the Holy Family Catholic School.