Virus taking the fun out of Fathoms

Royalty pageant, Easter egg hunt events are canceled due to COVID-19

PORT ORCHARD — If the novel coronavirus hasn’t taken the fun out of most things these days, add two mainstays of the Fathoms O’ Fun Festival to the list of events canceled because of the pandemic.

The Fathoms O’ Fun Festival Annual Pageant planned for this weekend at Harper Evangelical Free Church in Port Orchard has been canceled, according to Fathoms chairwoman Sharron King. Another popular Fathoms event, the 29th Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt, also has been canceled. It had been set to take place on April 11 at the South Kitsap Regional Park in Port Orchard.

“Our royalty and contestants have put in a great deal of work to make this a really great pageant and we are sad that they cannot perform for you,” King said in a news release.

“We are going to try and do a crowning coronation at a later date when we are able to once again group together, so stay tuned,” she said.

King said pageant organizers plan to do a Facebook video of the winning contestants on Fathoms’ Facebook page and its website, fathomsofun.org. She said a slide show thanking the pageant sponsors and contributors is also on the festival website.

While the Easter egg hunt event has been canceled, King said plans are underway to do an “Easter in August” event so that the popular annual tradition can continue.

King said other Fathoms O’ Fun events still remain on the calendar, including the Pirates Rendezvous Craft & Vendor Show and the Seagull Splat Run on Memorial Day weekend May 23-24; the 53rd Grand Parade and Summer Festival set for June 26-28; the Grand Fireworks Show on July 4; and the summer series “Concerts on the Bay beginning June 4.

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