& scholarship program
The Royalty tradition began with the first Lakefair in 1957, and the Scholarship Program was established years later in 1975 by Capitalarian Dee Hooper. It continues to be one of the most recognized scholarship programs in the Pacific Northwest and has awarded more than $500,000 in funding to date. The program is currently sponsored by our partners at Olympia Federal Savings.
Members of the Royalty Court participate in all aspects of Capital Lakefair throughout the season. It provides an educational opportunity for participants to learn about themselves, our community and prepare for higher education and adult life. In addition to local events, members visit communities around the Pacific Northwest from Oregon to British Columbia as they travel with the Lakefair Float to other festivals.
Each member of the Court receives a $3,000 scholarship, the Queen an additional $2,000, and remaining candidates $500 each. The funds may be applied to any form of higher education including a traditional degree, trade school or vocational training program.
The process begins with each participating school selecting a representative by December to become their candidate for the Royalty Court. In early February, candidates take part in a one-day event that includes a panel discussion, individual interviews with 5 independent judges from the business community, and a speech on a predetermined subject. Once complete, five young women will be nominated at Coronation to serve on the Court, one of which is named Lakefair Queen.
Complete information on the program and how to apply is available from the local high school counselors or career center. Prerequisite requirements are being a fully enrolled high school junior, 3.3 or better GPA, complete application with two letters of recommendation and a 500 word essay.
Hello, I’m Daynnie Hansen and I represent Capital High School. I have absolutely loved, and enjoyed, being part of Capital Lakefair’s Royalty Court. Every community event and parade is unique and has brought me so many wonderful, and special, memories and I cannot wait for more! I have especially enjoyed getting to know my fellow royalty court members better and becoming friends with these amazing young ladies! I look forward to giving back to the community as Queen, and hope to inspire the younger generation to take care of our community and to take care of each other! My current college plan is to attend the University of Washington (Go Huskies) and study Psychology.
My name is Eliana Egrubay, and I represent Sunrise Beach High School. This has been an amazing journey, and I have enjoyed every step of the journey. The Princess Tea Party was amazing, I absolutely loved participating and enjoying everyone having a fabulous time. I look forward to representing Lakefair for our own festival. This has been an amazing experience so far, I look forward to spending the rest of the year with our incredible court and getting to know everyone.
My name is Hailey Akers and I am very proud to represent Avanti High School. I have already learned so much from this experience with Lakefair, and the journey has only just begun. I have loved meeting members from all different parts of our community and discovering things that I would have never discovered otherwise. From Bob Leingang fishing day, to the Princess Tea Party, to judging boats with the Yacht Club, to a meaningful conversation with "Kevin the Brit" from the KGY radio station. All of the events that Lakefair's incredible court and I have had the honor of being a part of, and all of the ones that are to come, will have an impact on me that will last for the rest of my life. I am becoming a better communicator, a better team member, and expanding my awareness as a community member thanks to Lakefair.
My name is Chinmayee Kuntulu, and I attend Olympia High School, I am privileged to represent my community and travel to other places as one of the ambassadors for Lakefair. I am very active in school, carrying five advanced placement classes, and participating in my school’s Robotics team, and now Lakefair. This opportunity has opened so many doors for me, and I want to experience everything I can during my year. The scholarship is very important to me, and I plan to continue my education at Stanford University. I look forward to becoming lifelong friends with the other members of the court and experiencing all the other festivals, parades, and community activities with them. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to represent my school, the community, and Lakefair.
Hello, my name is Aurora Coakley, and I proudly represent the home of the Blazers, Timberline High School. I have loved being a part of Capital Lakefair's Royalty Court. Every parade and community event has been so much fun; I love seeing the joy we can bring to others. It has been wonderful to make friends with these amazing girls, and I look forward to the amazing bonding experiences and community events the rest of this year will bring. I plan on graduating high school with my Associate of Arts through Running Start, then I plan to continue my education with a degree in English and attend Law school.
Community Ambassador Abigail
My name is Abigail Vandenberg-Flodstrom, I go by Abba and attend Black Hills High School. I am the first Community Ambassador for Lakefair, I am a student with disabilities. I enjoyed the Princess Tea party and the Fishing day. My favorite event was the boat ride, it was the first ever boat ride.