By SARA MILLER
Kitsap News Group
This year’s Fathoms O’ Fun royalty court pageant Saturday, March 4 is “I’ve Got the Magic in Me.”
The event at Christian Life Center, set to start at 4 p.m., will be celebrated in honor of Jessie Turner, a long-time Fathoms volunteer who passed away Feb. 21.
The annual community festival kicked off its season by hosting a spaghetti feed fundraiser and its royal tea Jan. 29, where this year’s contestants were introduced.
“The big changes this year are that Gig Harbor students can also participate,” coordinator Helene Johnson said. “They don’t have any program like this, and it’s great they now have the opportunity to serve and be a part of what we have here.
“The other change is we have adjusted the age bracket with the grade reconfiguration. So students from grades 6-8 will compete in the junior category. Contestants from grade 9 through 20 years of age compete in the senior category.”
The program is also being streamed this year for the first time ever through Christian Life Center’s website: www.clcpo.org/watch.
The 2017 Fathoms O’ Fun royalty court contestants are:
Contestant 1: Jaycee Baumer
Platform: Human Trafficking
Contestant 2: Mackenzie Wright
Platform: Veterans with PTSD
Contestant 3: Hannah Hawkins
Platform: Funding of Band vs. Athletics
Contestant 4: Cory Miller
Platform: Rescue Every Dog (R.E.D)
Contestant 5: Madison Saling
Platform: Having a Positive Mind Improves Peoples Lives
Contestant 6: Anastasiya Siliverstova
Platform: Animals in Captivity
Contestant 7: Jamison Folden
Platform: Washington’s education
Contestant 8: Alainna Widdifield
Platform: Coral Reefs and How We Affect the Ocean
Contestant 9: Veronica Mihai
Platform: Inspiring girls to be confident, bold and strong.
Contestant 10: Hailey Chambard
Contestant 11: J’Elaine Wall
Contestant 12: Danyelle Wilcox
Platform: Autism Spectrum Disorder
The Fathoms O’ Fun Festival is a community service organization, carrying on a tradition that has been around in Port Orchard for 50 years.
It is operated entirely by community volunteers. It provides a variety of family activities throughout the year including the Grand Parade, festival activities, scholarship pageant, summer concerts, a craft and vendor show, a street fair, children’s events and an award-winning community festival float, which appears in parades throughout the state and beyond.