BEAUTY AND GRACE
Honoring the Tradition
The Magnolia Belle program was established in 1964 when young ladies in their senior year of high school were invited to act as goodwill ambassadors for the Magnolia Homes Tour Festival (now known as the Magnolia Days Festival). Belles wear antebellum period costumes, which add a touch of Southern grace and charm to the event. They are a highlight of Magnolia Days.
The Magnolia Belles are formally presented to the community twice during the festival, once on Friday night and once on Saturday afternoon. After the Saturday afternoon presentation the Belles visit the historical homes and properties on tour, greeting guests and taking photos.
To become a Magnolia Belle, a young lady must be in her senior year of high school and reside within Columbus ISD boundaries. Belles must attend a docent training and complete volunteer hours supporting CHPT and its events prior to her senior year. Belles must be passing all subjects at the time of invitation and participation in extracurricular activities at school and being active in the community is important. Magnolia Belles are viewed as role models for young girls in the community.