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 Ambassadors have reigned over the festival and represented the City of McCleary since 1959. The Ambassadors are your official host and is one of the most visible parts of the McCleary Bear Festival. Throughout a one year reign, Ambassador Program 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 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. This is an opportunity to make life-long friends around the state and within the community.
The Bear Festival Ambassador's are comprised of multiple outstanding students chosen from the McCleary and Elma School District. In a typical year, Ambassador announcements take place in late November. Following their selection, 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 Ambassadors (ages 10-12) Program for our City. The Junior members were established to help build excitement throughout the community in the younger generations by exposing them to the experiences, while interacting with not only the committee, but receiving mentoring from the Senior members (ages 13-15).
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