Clallam County Fair queen to don crown at tea, coronation
2012 Clallam County Fair Queen Jena Chamberlin, far left, poses with 2013 fair royalty candidates, from left, Grace Koenigsaecker, Lily Paulsen, Torrie McIntyre and Naomi Gish. This year’s queen will be crowned at the annual Clallam County Fair Royalty Princess Tea and Coronation on Saturday.
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The coronation will be in the Home Arts Building at the Clallam County Fairgrounds, 1608 W. 16th St.
A limited number of tickets are still available for $6 by phoning Christine Paulsen at 360-461-1866. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Royalty contestants are Torrie McIntyre, Lily Paulsen, Naomi Gish and Grace Koenigsaecker.
Coronation festivities include 10 costumed fairy-tale princesses, live and silent auctions, tea and goodies, as well as the crowning of the 2013 Clallam County Fair queen and her court.
Those who attend can bring cameras for photos with the contestants.
The queen will receive a $500 scholarship, while each princess will get a $400 scholarship.
The event serves as the major fundraiser for the royalty program. All proceeds go toward scholarships and program costs.
In the past, the queen was crowned at the fair, but organizers moved up the date this year.
Royalty court members represent the fair in seven to nine regional parades each year, perform community service and reign over the four-day fair, set Aug. 15-18.
They also will work with the Sequim Noon Rotary Club to help with the Fourth of July festivities at Carrie Blake Park celebrating Sequim's centennial.
The theme of this year's fair will be “Party Till the Cows Come Home.”
The candidates are:
■ Torrie McIntyre, 17, the daughter of John and Deana McIntyre.
Active with the Rascals 4-H Club, soccer, basketball and the Boy Scouts of America Venture Crew, she plans to become a veterinarian or vet technician.
She is sponsored by Gauthun Chiropractic.
■ Naomi Gish, 16, the daughter of Steve and Jeannette Gish.
She has played the violin for nine years and is involved with the Sequim Community Orchestra.
A cheerleader at Sequim High School, she volunteers with the AWANA program and plans to pursue acting or broadcast journalism.
She is sponsored by her father, an attorney.
■ Lily Paulsen, 17, the daughter of Steve and Christine Paulsen.
Active in choir and drama, having been in many productions at Sequim High School, she also has participated at the Clallam County Fair as a 4-H member of Pure Country.
She plans to attend the University of Idaho to major in theater and minor in criminal justice.
She is sponsored by Olympic Sewer and Drain Cleaning.
■ Grace Koenigsaecker, 17, the daughter of Scott and Claire Koenigsaecker.
An officer with Sequim High School's Future Business Leaders of America club and a varsity cheerleader, she has won awards at the state level for photography and impromptu speaking, and has participated at the Clallam County Fair in the Junior Photography division.
She plans to participate in Peninsula College's Running Start program while earning her high school diploma.
She is sponsored by RE/MAX Fifth Avenue.
For more information on the Clallam County Fair, visit www.clallam.net/Fair.
Last modified: March 13. 2013 5:53PM