Clallam Fair royalty to be crowned Saturday

Silent auction to help raise money for girls’ college scholarships

PORT ANGELES — One queen and three princesses will be crowned 2024 Clallam County Fair royalty on Saturday at the Exposition Building at the Clallam County Fairgrounds.

The free event, at 1608 W. 16th St., is open to the public, which can also participate in a silent auction to support college scholarships awarded to the four girls. The silent auction is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and the ceremony at 1 p.m.

Volunteers have collected donations from local businesses for the auction, said Laurie Davies, one of the event organizers. Among the bid items available will be coupons for Dry Creek Grange’s famous sweet, biscuity scones sold at the fair.

This year’s royalty candidates are:

• Aliya Gillett, 16, daughter of Craig and Tracy Gillett. The Forks High School junior and Peninsula College Running Start student is sponsored by Chinook Pharmacy, Evergreen 76/Subway and Forks Elks Lodge 2524.

• Tish Hamilton, 14, daughter of Victoria Elliott and stepfather Brandon Elliott. The Port Angeles High School freshman is sponsored by Titan Builders, Port Angeles Chapter of DeMolay, Strait View Credit Union and Agnew Alignment and Automotive.

• Brooklyn McKnight, 14, daughter of Ken and Stacy McKnight. The Port Angeles High School freshman is sponsored by Caliber Home Loans, Air Flo Heating and Port Angeles Hardwood.

• Olivia Ostlund, 18, daughter of Bob Ostlund and Jeromy and April Wright. The Sequim High School senior is sponsored by Caregivers Home Health. (Ostlund was a fair princess in 2023 and is eligible to run again; those who have been chosen queen are not.)

The event will begin with the candidates each answering a question from the judges and making a prepared speech. After a short intermission, the queen and three princesses will be announced.

The 2023 royalty court of Queen Allison Pettit, Ostlund and Junior Princess Kendall Adolphe will also be honored.

Fair royalty promote the fair at events and parades around the North Olympic Peninsula. Their first outing will be at the KONP Home Show, March 9-10.

The fair royalty program is open to any public, private or home-schooled student — male or female — in Clallam County.

The 2024 Clallam County Fair will be held Aug. 15-18. This year’s theme is “Celebrate the Bounty of Our County.”

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Reporter Paula Hunt can be reached at paula.hunt@peninsuladailynews.com.

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