Port Townsend: The Rhody Queen can moonwalk

PORT TOWNSEND — She’s Queen Tracy now.

And she did it in part with a moonwalk.

Tracy Hayes, 17, officially opened the 2004 Rhododendron Festival season Saturday night after being selected this year’s queen from among five contenders.

Brooke Saul and Shannon Somes, both 18, were named princesses by a panel of five judges.

The 69th Rhododendron Festival begins May 8 and concludes May 15, the day of the Grand Parade.

This year’s festival theme is “Jazz It Up in Port Townsend.”

Hayes, the Port Townsend High School varsity cheerleading captain, wowed the judges and the audience with a performance featuring ballet, a cheerleading routine and more modern dance moves like a moonwalk, in which the dancer appears to be strolling backward.

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