If you are a goodwill leader, interested in developing your speaking skills, build new relationships and memories, and would like the opportunity to travel throughout Washington representing the McCleary Community as an Ambassador, then Bear Festival is for you!
Bear Festival Royalty Court has reigned over the festival and represented the City of McCleary since 1959. The Royalty Court is your official host and is one of the most visible parts of the McCleary Bear Festival. Throughout a one year reign, Royal Court Members, in addition to traveling with the float, will make appearances at various events to represent the Festival, and also perform tasks as a goodwill leader of the McCleary Community.
The Royalty Scholarship Program provides an opportunity for outstanding young individuals to be recognized for their community commitment and spirit. In return, our crowned senior Queen or King receive a $1,000 college/trade school scholarship at completion of their royal duties, travel and float wardrobes, parade travel expenses, speech and confidence training, and an opportunity to make life-long friends around the state and within the community.
The Bear Festival Court is comprised of multiple outstanding students chosen from the McCleary and Elma School District. In a typical year, Royalty announcements take place in late November. Following their selection, Court Members will proudly be presented as an official Bear Festival Princess or Prince and a City of McCleary Ambassador, with first appearance at the annual December fundraiser.
During our 60th Annual Bear Festival, the community expanded program to include the first Junior Royalty (ages 10-12) program for our City. The Junior Royalty Court was established to help build excitement throughout the community in the younger generations by exposing them to the Royalty Court experiences, while interacting with not only the committee, but receiving mentoring from the Senior Court (ages 13-15).
Hello! My name is Koral Young. I am the 2021 McCleary Bear Festival Queen. I am a Junior at Elma High School and have been going to the McCleary Bear Festival every year since I can remember. I spend my free time drawing, hanging out with my friends and going on drives! I play volleyball, which has helped me make new friends and even better understand how a team works. I am very lucky to be in Bear Festival as I was crowned in 2019 as the Senior Queen for that year. When COVI hit we unfortunately had to cancel our 2020 Festival, but I was lucky enough to be asked to come back to finish my reigning year! I love seeing everyone's faces at all our parades and I am sad to see it all coming to an end. I cannot wait to crown our 2021 Bear Festival Queen. I've made new friends and learned a lot about myself. I hope to see you there!
Senior Princess & Reigning Junior Queen
Hello! I am Taryn Ferrier and this year I am very proud to be a Senior Princess for the Bear Festival. I am an 8th grader at McCleary School where I am currently the ASB President and a member of the Honor Society. My hobbies include reading, baking, writing poetry, and photography. Bear Festival has been a big part of my life for a very long time; I've been to every Bear Festival since I was born! I have really enjoyed being part of the Royalty Program for the past year, with the honor to be crowned the first ever Junior Queen. I am looking forward to representing McCleary through my role as Senior Princess and having a lot of fun this season.
Lola Van Blaricom
Hello, my name is Lola Van Blaricom, Junior Princess. I am 11 years old, and in the 5th grade here in McCleary. I enjoy participating in dance and Girl Scouts, and in my free time I like to be outdoors and spend time with my family. When asked why I wanted to be a part of the Junior Royalty Court, I answered that I wanted to make new friends and have new experiences. Also, to be a Princess while my cousin Koral is Queen.
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