Lakefair grand parade rocks Capitol Way

Lakefair grand parade rocks Capitol Way

rboone@theolympian.comJuly 21, 2013 


    Judge’s award: Hyack Festival Association

    Childrens choice award: Fathoms O’ Fun

    Capital City Horse’s award: Ellensburg Rodeo Royal Court

    Dee Hooper pooper scooper award: Ellensburg Rodeo Royal Court

    Best overall nonmotorized unit award: City of Olympia

    Best cheer squad award: Olympia High School varsity cheer

    Best band in Lakefair Land award: Seattle All-City band.

    President’s award: Daffodil Festival.

    Festival award: Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival Association

    Governor’s award: Mason County Forest Festival

    Queen’s award: Royal Rosarians

    Grand Sweepstakes award: Washington State Apple Blossom Festival

    Best cheer squad 2nd place award: Timberline cheer staff

    Mustang West Lakefair award: Mustang club

    Royalty award: Cashmere Community float

    Corvettes de Olympia Lakefair award: Church of Living Water

    Judge’s best horse equestrian drill team award: Grays Harbor Mounted Posse

    Mayor’s award: Miss Selah royalty

    Best dance team award: Studio One Dance & Acro

    Community service award: Crime stoppers/LimeBerry frozen yogurt

    Best dance team 2nd place award: DancerZone360s Boys and Girls Club

    Source: Lakefair

    Lakefair’s 56th annual celebration near Capitol Lake in downtown Olympia wraps up today. The carnival and food booths continue with the fireworks finale at 10 p.m. 2013 Lakefair Grand Parade winners

Lakefair’s grand parade kicked off under perfect conditions Saturday, with sunny skies, several thousand spectators along the parade route and the smell of barbecue wafting through the air.

The Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team appeared yet again, now in its 30th year, to warm up the crowd before the parade began, its eight members performing various motorcycle-based drills captain Chad Bowman, said.

The group has had a longtime preparade role entertaining the crowd, he said, and it is one of more than 24 events the drill team participates in throughout the state, traveling as far east to Ephrata and north to Port Townsend. The group also performs at the Olympia Toy Run, Bowman said.

Once the drill team finished, about 100 parade entries made their way down Capitol Way, beginning close to 20th Avenue and ending near Heritage Park.

Executive director Bob Barnes said this year’s parade had more band units, more horse units and the float count was higher, too.

The first float in the parade was the Lakefair float, which transported the 2013 royalty, including Queen Katherine “Katt” Nguyen of Capital High School.

This year’s Lakefair theme was Capital Lakefair Rocks and the royalty didn’t disappoint, dancing atop the float to “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis.

Nguyen was selected queen in February — the coronation used to take place during Lakefair — and has spent the past year traveling throughout the Northwest and Canada, she said. She said she has participated in about 15 events, including parades and speaking engagements.

It was great to be back in Olympia, she said.

“I get to help people enjoy their Lakefair experience,” Nguyen said.

After high school, she plans to attend the University of Washington where she wants to study biochemistry to become a doctor.

Along the parade route, Carla Martin of Olympia had settled in to watch.

She said she missed it the past few years because a longtime friend — someone she used to go to parades with — had passed away from cancer.

But she was back Saturday to enjoy it with friend Robert Rappe of Olympia.

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403

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