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Royalty crowned for 118th Irrigation Festival
Sequim native Angela Bentley, 16, was crowned queen of the 118th Sequim Irrigation Festival during the 36th Irrigation Festival Pageant on Saturday, Jan. 26.
She is the daughter of Rick and Ginna Bentley and a junior at Sequim High School, as are all of the royalty candidates. Her sponsor is Pacific Mist Books.
Princess Danyelle Wilson, 16, was voted by the other contestants to receive the Miss Congeniality Award, in honor of Tracie Sofie, the 1977 festival queen who died from cancer in 1979. Wilson's parents are Tom and Mary Wilson and she is sponsored by Gabby's Gourmet Grub.
Princess Lavee Hess, 16, is sponsored by Wild Bleu Sleepwear and her uncle and aunt are Richard and Pamela Newman.
Princess Christie Honore, 17, is the daughter of Carl and Julia Honore and her sponsor is Cole's Jewelers. The Co-op Farm & Garden sponsored the pageant.
Junior royalty princesses and princes also were crowned. From Greywolf Elementary School are third-graders Chloe Stanford, daughter of Tim and Chris Stanford, sponsored by Changes Salon; and Henry Hughes, son of Brian and Megan Hughes, sponsored by Olympic Game Farm. From Helen Haller Elementary School are third-graders Deirdre Anne Dorrell, daughter of Lisa Anne Lindsey and Lee and Heather Dorrell, sponsored by Aspire Academy; and Logan Phipps, son of Troy and Kelly Phipps, sponsored by Anytime Fitness.
One of the evening's surprises was when royalty mom Lynn Horton, who has never worn a crown, received her own tiara and sash from the 2012 royalty, Princesses Arianna Flores, Amanda Dronenburg and Natalie Stevenson. There were many tears as they relinquished their reign and thanked all of their supporters.
In a format change from last year, and one the audience seemed to appreciate, each girl demonstrated her own creative talent: Bentley recited her original poem "Generation Y"; Wilson walked the audience through her process of painting a picture; Hess sang and played guitar to the song "Perfect" by Pink; and Honore portrayed Helena in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
The first official event for the newly minted royalty will be the Kick-off Dinner and Auction fundraiser at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in Club Seven at 7 Cedars Casino in Blyn. Tickets are available at the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce, Solar City's Tesa Boutique & Tanning Retreat, Pacific Mist Books and Sound Community Bank.
The theme of the 118th festival is "Dancing Through the Valley" and Laura Friedkin won the logo design contest. Naishla Madail of Helen Haller Elementary is the 2013 Irrigation Festival button design winner.
The royalty court will attend more than a dozen parades this summer as Sequim ambassadors.
Read more about the royalty here.