WEEKEND: Princess Tea to introduce Clallam court

PORT ANGELES — The public will be introduced to the two candidates for the Clallam County Fair’s royal court during the annual Princess Tea and Candidate Debut on Saturday.

The 2012 candidates — Jena Chamberlin and Nichole Napiontek — will be presented to the public at 2 p.m. in the Home Arts Building at the Clallam County Fairgrounds, 1608 W. 16th St.

The tea features past and present fair royalty dressed as their favorite princesses.

Silent and live auctions filled with items donated by local businesses and community members are planned.

The two candidates will receive their candidate tiaras at the tea.

One will be crowned queen during the coronation planned the first day of the fair, which is scheduled Aug. 16-19.

The queen will be given a $500 scholarship, while the princess will get a $400 scholarship.

Those who attend the Princess Tea can buy “princess table” tickets, allowing them to sit at specially decorated tables with a princess of their choice.

Community members are welcome to dress up in “princess attire” and bring a camera, since princesses will be available for photos.

Two candidates

Napiontek, a 16-year-old sophomore at Port Angeles High School, is the daughter of Mark and Mary Napiontek.

She is sponsored by The Daily Grind.

A member of Pure Country 4-H, she is enrolled in the rabbit, entrepreneurship and expressive arts programs.

She also is a member of JROTC.

She aims to attend the Art Institute of Seattle for Graphic Design and Fashion or join the Navy.

Chamberlin, a 17-year-old junior at Lincoln High School, is the daughter of Frank and Karla Chamberlin.

A member of Energetic 4-H’ers, she is enrolled in the cat, foods group, arts and sewing projects.

She participates in Babe Ruth Softball and the Upward Bound program at Peninsula College.

She plans to attend the Oregon Coast Culinary Institute and become a chef, hoping one day to own her own bakery or restaurant.

Junior Royalty

The 2012 Junior Royalty is Madison Murphy, a 10-year-old fifth-grader at Greywolf Elementary School in Sequim.

Her parents are Matt and Heidi Murphy, and she is sponsored by Fairchild Floors.

A member of Lambchops 4-H, her project is market swine.

The Princess Tea is the major fundraiser for the fair royalty program.

Proceeds are devoted first to covering scholarships for royalty members and then to operating costs for running the program.

Clallam County Fair royalty represent the fair at many community events and parades throughout the county and neighboring communities.

Ticket are $8 for a spot at a Princess Table and $6 for a regular table.

They can be purchased through this year’s candidates, at the door or reserved by phoning Christine Paulsen at 360-452-8262.

To donate or for more information, phone Paulsen.

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