A first for the longest running festival in our state. The Autumn Leaf Festival Association has chosen Cindy Puckett as the Festival's Royal Lady. The Royal Lady represents Leavenworth and attends numerous parades around the state, riding in the town's float. Puckett, is the daughter of Arlene Blackburn, who served as Royal Lady in 1987. This is the first time there has been a mother-daughter duo to serve as Royal Lady. The Autumn Leaf festival began in 1964 and takes place in the last weekend of September.