The evening’s highlight was selection of a new king, queen and court. At 9 p.m., a cake cut into hundreds of pieces and containing three beans was served to all the men present, along with cups of punch – or wassail – for everyone.
The first man to find a bean in his cake was designated king. The next three were designated as the court. Each man then selected a lady to be his queen or female member of the court.
John McKee of Shiloh was chosen as this year’s king. He chose his wife, Jane, as queen.