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West Linn Parks and Rec introduces the Old Time Fair Ambassadors. These eighth graders will serve the community until the festival

COURTESY PHOTO - Princess Bella Villarreal-Poche, Princess Avery Mickey, 2018 Queen Sarah Talbert, Prince Noah Eddy, and Princess Isabella Renouf.

There is a change this year in how we celebrate the West Linn Old Time Fair.

Rather than select a court, we selected ambassadors, a term we believe best characterizes the role the young people play in this much loved community event.

It creates a more equitable approach to include young men in the program and allow them to serve the community and gain leadership skills.

The ambassadors were selected Feb. 28 in a ceremony held at the historic McLean House. Sarah Talbert, the 2018 Old Time Fair queen, had the priviledge of crowning the four new ambassadors. They are:

They are:

  • Avery Mickey, daughter of Todd and Stacey Mickey. She is a student at Athey Creek Middle School; she volunteers at school, in her neighborhood and throughout the community. She loves animals and singing. Avery is in choir, competed in Athey Idol and participated in the Middle School Musical.

  • Isabella Renouf, the daughter of Brian and Mona Renouf, is a student at Rosemont Ridge Middle School. She has volunteered extensively through National Charity League and is a familiar volunteer at many City of West Linn programs and events. She is a cheerleader and loves styling hair.

  • Noah Eddy is the first boy selected as an ambassador. He is the son of Travis and Caroline Eddy, and a student at Athey Creek Middle School. He loves to play trombone and is very active in band. Much of his recent volunteer service has been through his church. He also enjoys traveling.

  • Isabella Villarreal-Poche is the daughter of Nathalie Poche. Bella is a student at Rosemont Ridge Middle School. She loves choir has been involved for eight years. Her favorite school activities include cross country, track and field, and her volunteer service includes the West Linn Food Pantry. Medical science holds a particular interest for her.

    Together with Queen Sarah and Junior Princess Lucy and Junior Prince Ian, the ambassadors will attend the Oregon City Pioneer Festival Teddy Bear Parade in May, the Portland Rose Festival Starlight Parade in June, and numerous West Linn community events throughout the year, including the Daddy Daughter Dance, Mother Son Spectacular, Street Dance and holiday events.

    They are currently collecting stuffed animals for kids in crisis and visiting the business community for financial support of the fair.

    This year is the 63rd continuous year of the Old Time Fair. The dates of the fair are July 19, 20 and 21 at Willamette Park. The new queen or king will be selected during the opening ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, July 19.

    Other news from Parks and Rec includes:

    The Mother Son Spectacular, a night out for moms with school-aged sons, takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 10 at the Adult Community Center.

    This Mother's Day weekend event is planned with fun games, music, food and a kid-friendly buffet dinner, beverages and delicious desserts for $20 per person. For matters concerning dietary restrictions, call 503-557-4700 for menu options.

    Registration information

    Information on all of the programs offered by West Linn Parks & Recreation can be found at westlinoregon.gov/parksrec. You may register by internet, mail or drop-off at City Hall. Call 503-557-4700 for more information. For questions about classes through the Adult Community Center call 503-557-4704 and speak with Tiffany or Dawn.

    Terri Jones is a Recreation Coordinator II for West Linn Parks and Recreation.

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