County fair royalty visit Sequim

Stephanie Ann Lindquist and Marissa Lee Ann Rose Wilson distribute food Saturday, March 20.  Sequim Gazette photo by Dana Casey

The Clallam County Fair princesses visited Sequim and helped distribute food at the food bank on March 20.

Marissa Lee Ann Rose Wilson and Stephanie Ann Lindquist unloaded milk and eggs and passed them out to customers. That afternoon they collected hygiene products at Walmart. One of the two will be chosen as fair queen at 7 p.m. Aug. 19, the first day of the fair.

The theme of this year's fair is "A Cluck, A Moo and Carnival Too!" The fair runs through Aug. 22.

The two candidates are best friends and say that will continue no matter which is chosen queen. Their royal duties include seven parades during the spring and summer, the first being the Sequim Irrigation Festival parade. They also are involved in community service such as helping at the food bank.

At the fair, they will help judge animal costumes, hand out ribbons and trophies, appear at all the arena shows, walk through all the buildings and check with the superintendents of the buildings to see if they can be of help.

They are ambassadors for the fair and will walk through the grounds talking to people and helping as needed. Both candidates will be showing horses at the fair.

The queen will receive a $500 scholarship, the princess a $400 scholarship.

Meet the princesses

The two candidates are:

_ Marissa Lee Ann Rose Wilson, sponsored by Airport Garden Center. Marissa is 15 and is a sophomore at Port Angeles High School. She is the daughter of Mathew and LaDona Wilson. She belongs to 4-H Silver Spurs Horse Club, as well as Patterned Speed Horse and Peninsula Jr. Rodeo. She plays the violin with the Port Angeles High School orchestra and is involved in the drama club. She enjoys playing her violin at local retirement homes. Wilson plans on attending Washington State University majoring in veterinary science with a minor in musical performance.

_ Stephanie Ann Lindquist is sponsored by Laura Little Faux Painting and Swain's General Store, Port Angeles. She is 16 years old and is a sophomore at Port Angeles High School. Her parents are Ron and Laura Little and Daniel and Cherri Lindquist. Lindquist belongs to 4-H Silver Spurs Horse Club. She participates on the swim team and plays violin in the Port Angeles High School orchestra. Lindquist volunteers at local retirement homes playing her violin. She will attend Running Start at Peninsula College and then attend a university studying medicine to become a doctor.

The candidates will be presented to the public at 2 p.m. April 17 at a spring tea in the Exposition Building on the fairgrounds. Candidates will be selling tickets for $5. Tickets also can be purchased at the door. A silent auction will take place as a fundraiser for the Clallam County Fair royalty scholarships.

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