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Fathoms O’ Fun celebration reaches 50 The theme of this year’s parade is ‘50 Years of Rock’N Around The Sound’


By LESLIE KELLY Kitsap News Group

f you’ve been around Port Orchard for any amount of time, you’ll recognize the name Fathoms O’ Fun. It’s the city’s annual festival and events last all year. But the biggest part — and what most people think of when they think Fathoms — is the parade. This year will be the 50th Fathoms Parade. And this year, there’s a bitter sweetness to the parade. Longtime parade organizer Jessie Turner, who had been in command of the parade for more than 25 years, passed away earlier this year. This year’s parade will honor Turner with her photograph prominently placed on the Fathoms parade float. “I miss her very much,” said Sharron King, Fathoms chairwoman. “We were glued at the hip for 26 years working on the parade. We’ll make it happen without her. But it will be hard. We’ll carry on and have a fine parade — something Jessie would be proud of.” In all, there will be more than 85 units in the parade, including bands, pageant royalty, horses, cars and old military vehicles. It spans about two hours. Parade entries gather at the staging area and line up at least an hour before the parade begins. Then the parade travels the route from Port Orchard Boulevard down to Bay Street and goes north on Bay Street to Bethel Avenue. There are three places along the way where announcers speak to the crowd, at Kitsap Bank, where the BKAT television crew films, and Sidney Avenue and Bay Street, where Pastor Tracy Martin uses his “preacher voice” to call out information, and at the main review station at Port Orchard Ford at 1215 Bay St. Most years, the parade involves about 1,200 people, and several thousands line the route to watch, King said. “We’re one of the best parades in the state,” she said, noting that the committee takes the Fathoms float all over the state to be in other parades. And, in turn, other

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The Fathoms O’ Fun royalty court of 2016 pose prior to the start of the summer parade. parade floats come to Port Orchard, too. This year, the Marysville Strawberry Festival float and the Tacoma Daffodil Festival float will be in the parade, along with five or six other festival floats. On the Fathoms float, there will be another honoree. A photograph of Claude Brown, who has allowed the committee to store the float and other items at his place for years, will be honored alongside Turner. The theme of the 50th parade is “50 Years of Rock’N Around The Sound.” And because this is the 50th year for Port Orchard’s big parade, former queens and princesses will ride in the parade as will this year’s Fathoms Royalty. About 30 former royalty, dating back to 1968, will ride in convertibles and wave to the crowd. Current royalty Junior Princess Veronica Mihai, Senior Princess Mackenzie Wright, Senior Princess Jaimeson Folden, Queen Alainna Widdifield, Duchess Hannah Lai, Junior Princess J’Elaine

Wall, Junior Princess Hailey Chambard will ride in the parade. New this year for the parade is a group of Mexican dancing horses that often perform to mariachi music. The South Kitsap Community Band will also lend music to the event. And throughout the festival, there will be four band concerts. At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 23, Ranger & the Re-Arrangers will play at the Port of Bremerton’s Marina Park in Port Orchard, near the Gazebo area. Other concert information is inside this special section. As in the past, there will be the Summer Festival Vendor Show, which includes more than 60 booths of arts and crafts and food throughout the waterfront park area. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Also at the waterfront will be bouncy toys for the kids to play on, a kids vendor area, and at noon on Saturday kids can partake in goldfish races. “We decided since this was our golden anniversary, we’d race goldfish,” said King. “The kids will be given goldfish that will be placed in open gutters filled with water and then, when the race begins, the kids will blow through straws to move their fish to the finish line.” At noon on Sunday, an old-fashioned

dinghy derby will begin at the end of the pathway near Westbay Center. The dinghies will race in the water down to the gazebo area. “The rules are no ready-made dinghies,” King said. “You can make them out of foam, milk cartons, whatever, but they have to be handmade.” Rules and entry forms are on the Fathoms website at www.fathomsofun.org. At 12:45 p.m., the Eclectic Cloggers will perform at the gazebo. Then at 2:30 p.m. the Windermere Invitational South Kitsap Crew Race will begin. The race starts at the Port Orchard Marina and boats will race toward the park and gazebo, where the finish line will be posted. A complete schedule of events can be found on the Fathoms website. Fathoms has a long history, King said. “There’s always been some kind of festival in Port Orchard,” she said. “It was first called the ‘Days of ‘49.’ That group disbanded. Then, for a year, it was the Sun Festival. But in 1968, a new group formed.” That group, which included long-time Port Orchard residents Oliver Hanley and his wife, named the festival Fathoms ‘O Fun. “It was a couple of couples sitting around one evening that came up with that name, and it just stuck,” said King. Until 1989, the work was done under the direction of the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce. Then the Fathoms board was formed and the group became a nonprofit of its own. And King said, Fathoms continues the summer fun on the July 4th holiday, with fireworks over Sinclair Inlet. There’s bands, vendors, kids events and clowns during the day beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing through the time the fireworks begin. The fireworks show is paid for by Fathoms and sponsors and donations can be made online at the Fathoms website. The following weekend, July 6 to 9, a carnival will be assembled along the waterfront and in the parking lot near Amy’s on the Bay restaurant. “We decided to bring back the carnival for the 50th,” said King. “To support that, we are giving away carnival tickets to all the kids who register for the goldfish race.”

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1. Columbia Bank presents the Fathoms O’ Fun Grand Parade 6 p.m., June 24, Bay Street 2. HotFoot 5K Race 9 a.m., June 24, South Kitsap Regional Park 3. Festival by the Sea Craft & Vendor Show June 23-25, Port Orchard Waterfront

4. WAVE presents the Fathoms O’ Fun Grand Fireworks Show July 4, 10:30 p.m., Port Orchard Waterfront Park 5. Festival by the Bay/Cruz Car Show Aug. 13, 10 a.m to 4 p.m., Bay Street

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A warm welcome to the 50th Fathoms O’ Fun Summer greetings to all the wonderful citizens of Port Orchard, Kitsap County and beyond! We invite you to help us kick off the summer! The Fathoms O’ Fun Festival Board would personally like to invite you to come and enjoy the many activities taking place on June 23-25 in downtown Port Orchard for our Grand Parade and Summer Festival. We will have more than 60 vendors to tickle your shopping delight beginning on Sharron King Friday at noon through 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. through 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. We have activities planned throughout those days. See our schedule of events for those days at www.fathomsofun.org. This year you can enjoy bands every day of our wonderful summer festival at the Gazebo. On Parade day, hear the great sounds of “Uncle Ernie Band” from Des Moines as they play great Rock ’N Roll music from 3-5 p.m., sponsored by Denette Chu/Edward Jones. On Sunday from 3-5 p.m. enjoy “Silver City 6” playing classic rock/blues. Come to the Port of Bremerton’s Marina Park at Port Orchard and have fun. Don’t worry about eating before you come...we have great food vendors! Our 50th Grand Parade begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday on Bay Street. Enjoy all that a parade has to offer, to include eight out-of-town community festival floats, in addition our very own “awardwinning” float, drill teams, drum lines, novelty entries, car clubs, commercial units, horses and more. Many thanks to all the great volunteers that it takes to put on this hometown parade, and the 1,100-plus folks who are in the parade. Our 50th Parade will be a remembrance parade dedicated to Jessie Turner. Jessie passed away in February, so we have lost a great community volunteer and parade chair of 26 years. Both she and her husband Jud have been committed and dedicated to Fathoms for the 26 years they have been in charge of our parade. I hope we do her proud for our 50th. Given the fact that this is our 50th Anniversary, we thought it fitting to have gold in it so we are having “Goldfish Races” on Saturday at noon at the Kitsap Bank drive-thru. You don’t need to bring anything. Just come down, register and race your very own goldfish and then take it home. As an added treat, the first 100 kids to register will also get a free carnival ticket. On Sunday, we have added two new events to our summer festival, the return of the Dinghy Derby at noon, and the first-ever SKHS Invitational Crew Regatta


Port Townsend’s Rhododendron Festival float was one of the entries in last year’s Fathoms O’ Fun parade.

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at 2:30 p.m. Both activities will take place in Sinclair Inlet so don’t miss the fun and cheer them on. It is hard to imagine all the hours that go into making these events happen. Our Fathoms O’ Fun Royal Court puts in many public appearances and can be seen at all of our events and many more community events, where other organizations and commercial businesses have requested them. By the time their reign is up, they will have cumulatively put in more than 1,500 hours. Come meet them on parade weekend...bring your smaller children down to “Color with a Princess.” Thank you to the Royal Court members for their dedication and service to Fathoms and the Port Orchard Community. Our Concerts by the Bay series has started on Thursday nights (6:30 p.m.8 p.m.) every week and will continue through the last Thursday in August. We have great free concerts scheduled all summer. Go to our website at www.fathomsofun.org for full the concert listing. Not only can you enjoy our beautiful waterfront, you can just kick back and visit with your friends, make new friends, watch the kids play in the park, all as you listen to the great music. Capture the moment and all that there is to enjoy on the waterfront. The 4th of July Grand Fireworks Show over Sinclair Inlet, sponsored by WAVE for the 10th year will bring a lot of activity to the downtown waterfront with various bands scheduled to play from noon to 10:30 p.m. This annual show brings upwards to 60,000 spectators viewing the show. We are truly appreciative of WAVE for their continued sponsorship. If the citizens of Port Orchard and Bremerton would go to our website and click on the “Donate” button, we could put on a larger show. We really need community support. All of

you have been watching a “free” show for 30-plus years. Won’t you help us to have a great show by donating? You spoke, we listened. The carnival is coming back to the Port Orchard Waterfront. Butler Amusements will provide the midway beginning at 6 p.m. on July 6 and ending at 10 p.m. July 9. A percent of the proceeds received by Fathoms from this event will support the fireworks funding. On the second Sunday in August, you can enjoy the Fathoms O’ Fun Festival by the Bay, a great craft and vendor show on Bay Street, being held in conjunction with the Saints’ Car Club Cruz 2017. This one-day event draws upwards of 25,000 visitors. Come enjoy good times, good fun, good food and try your luck at dunking the Fathoms Court at the dunk tank. The dunk tank money goes to fund our Fathoms Scholarship Program. In November, Fathoms will host the annual “Breakfast with Santa” at the Eagles to help raise funds for our Royalty Scholarship Program. Not only will you get to enjoy a great breakfast, but you will also get the opportunity to have a professional photo taken with Santa by Deford Photography. We have wonderful sponsors for our events and appreciate their continued support. Our major sponsors and the event they sponsor are WAVE , Sinclair Inlet Fireworks Show; Columbia Bank, Grand Parade sponsor for the 15th year; Concerts by the Bay sponsors Kitsap Bank, Peninsula Federal Credit Union, Port of Bremerton, City of Port Orchard, and Denette Chu/Edward Jones. Event sponsor for the Seagull Splat Run, Kitsap Physical Therapy; and contributors of prizes for the runners, Port Orchard Ford, Old Central Antique Mall, Nostalgia House Bakery, Albertson’s, Amy’s on the Bay, Scott McClendon Ace Hardware, Carters Chocolates, RCE Traffic Control, Inc., Gary Lidstrom/John L. Scott, Regal

South Sound Cinemas 10, A&W Rootbeer, and Cathie Mueller/Zahaira Hair Salon. Special thanks to Sound Storage and Mile Hill Self Storage for taking care of our storage needs. We could not put on these events without the much needed support and funding provided by these great businesses. My personal thanks and applause to each and every board member who work around the clock to bring you events: Shirley DeFord, vice chair, professional photography; Karen Aquino, treasurer and seamstress for the Royal Court; Deloris Mattson, secretary/buttons and pins; Al Mahaney, float builder/concerts/ chocolate festival; Helene Jensen, pageant director/Fathoms graphics; Alan Johnson, fireworks show; Bob Morehouse and Lena Price, all vendor shows; Merlyn Lehmkuhl, Facebook and event photography; Scott Lucke, Seagull Splat Run, SKF&R Volunteers 5K Run; Jack Quinlan and Barry Doll, board members at large. A big thanks to the parents of our Royal Court who always step up to the plate when asked for help. A special thanks to Anna Whitten and Debbie Austin. And thank you for reading about Fathoms. By the way, we are always looking for volunteers so don’t hesitate to call or email. Find us at www.fathomsofun.org. We are all volunteering for you, the community. Sharron King, Fathoms chairwoman and chair of the 50th Grand Parade

P.S. Our community Easter Egg Hunt in March was the largest it has been, and our fourth annual Seagull Splat run on June 10 was successful and fun. Fathoms O’ Fun’s purpose is to present family recreational activities for the community, and to encourage leadership skills and scholarship among our youth.




Fathoms O’ Fun Summer Festival

June 23rd, 24th, 25th & July 4th Columbia Bank presents the Fathoms O’ Fun 50th Grand Parade Saturday, June 24th - 6pm Bay Street - Downtown Port Orchard

6/23 Friday Activities 12-6pm............. Summer Festival Vendor Show & Bouncy Toys Port of Bremerton’s Marina Park in Port Orchard

6:30-8pm ......... Ranger & the Re-Arrangers (live band)

Port of Bremerton’s Marina Park in Port Orchard - Gazebo Area

6/24 Saturday Activities 9am ................. Hot Foot 5K Race - Sponsored by SKFRVA, SK Regional Park (hotfoot5k.com)

9am-9pm ......... Summer Festival Vendor Show & Bouncy Toys 10am ................ Horseshoe Tournament - SK Regional Park 11am-4pm ....... Kids Craft in Vendor Area - Sponsored by Farmers Insurance (Knoche)

12pm ................ Gold Fish Races - Sponsored by Windermere, Kitsap Bank Drive Thru Parking Lot

3-5pm ............... Uncle Ernie (live band) - Sponsored by Denette Chu/ Edward Jones, Port of Bremerton’s Marina Park in Port Orchard - Gazebo Area

6-8pm............... Columbia Bank Presents Fathoms O’ Fun Festival Grand Parade

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2017 Fathoms O’ Fun Parade Lineup 1.

Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team

47. Capitol Lakefair


South Kitsap Fire & Rescue

48. Mile High Gymnastics


Leo’s Towing

49. Crista Camps


Kitsap County Honorary Color Guard

50. Taste & See


Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office

51. Alaska USA Federal Credit Union


Port Orchard Police Dept

52. Operation Arctic Vacation Bible School


City of Port Orchard

53. Clallam County Fair Royalty


U.S. Representative, Derek Kilmer

54. Newhope Church Pack the Bus


State Senator Jan Angel

55. Kitsap Peninsula Shrine Club

10. State Representative Michelle Caldier

56. Port Orchard Masonic Lodge #98

11. Columbia Bank

57. Miss Viking Fest

12. Wave

58. Miss Kitsap Fair & Stampede 2017

13. Grand Marshall - Captain Alan Schrader, Commanding Officer, Naval Base Kitsap

59. Marysville Strawberry Festival

14. Honorary Grand Marshall - John Hanson, President of Bremerton Historic Ships Assn. 15. USS Turner Joy - Bremerton Historic Ships Association

60. Miss Kitsap 2017 61. Miss Poulsbo 2017 62. Miss Silverdale 2017 63. Kitsap Credit Union

16. Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce

64. Kitsap Saddle Club

17. Fathoms O’ Fun Festival Float and Royalty

65. Arrow Lumber & Hardware

18. Fathoms O’ Fun Festival Duchess & Junior Royalty

66. Jagzz High Steppers Drill Team & Drum Line

19. Fathoms O’ Fun Festival Honored Past Royalty (various vehicles)

68. Gold Wing Road Riders Association, Washington Chapter B

20. Port Orchard Rainbow Girls 21. Saints Car Club of Port Orchard

67. Sequim Irrigation Festival

69. Girl Scouts Troop #44117

22. South Kitsap Community Band

70. Washington State Cinderella Pageant Royalty

23. South Kitsap High School Rowing Team

71. Cub Scout Pack 4528, Olalla

24. South Kitsap High School NJROTC

72. Department of Derby

25. Kitsap Regional Library Port Orchard

73. Synergy Dance Company of Academy of Dance

26. Soroptimist International of Port Orchard 27. Ronald McDonald 28. Bremerton Base, United States Submarine Veterans

74. Glass Odyssey Corvette Club 75. Mason County Forest Festival Float 76. Manchester Cub Scout Pack 4522

29. Forks Old Fashioned 4th of July “American Pride”

77. Kitsap Humane Society

30. Washington Diamonds Drill Team

79. Cub Scout Pack 4529

31. Life Care Center of Port Orchard 32. Port Orchard Eagles Kitchen Band

78. All American Girl Scholarship Program 80. McCleary Bear Festival

33. Air Masters Heating

81. Miss United States Agriculture 2017 Oregon Teen

34. Tulalip Resort Casino

82. Port Townsend Rhododendron Festival

35. Kitsap Mustang Club

83. Tiny Houses of Washington

36. Miss West Sound

84. Kitsap County Republican Party

9-3pm ............... Flame-N-Ride Show-N-Shine Car Show - Sponsored

37. Miss West Sound’s Outstanding Teen

85. Great Clips of Port Orchard

38. Miss West Sound Pearl Princesses

86. South Kitsap Pee Wees

11am ................. Handy Andy the Clown & Magician 12pm ................ Dinghy Derby in Sinclair Inlet - applications available

39. Daffodil Festival

87. Noah’s Ark Daycare and Preschool

40. Port Orchard Sea Scout Ship “Hurricane”

88. Moms Across America

41. Washington Explorer Search and Rescue

89. Their Voice

42. Fantasia Twirling Corps

90. Bek Ashby City Council Election Campaign

43. Kitsap Klassics Car Club

91. 26th Legislative District Democrats

44. Corona’s Hay Sales and Dancing Horses Group

92. Maureen Wheeler for Port Orchard City Council

45. 1955 Packard Towncar - Bill McCandless

93. All Around MoPars Car Club

46. Port Orchard Yacht Club and the Point Defiance Pirates

94. Kitsap Destruction Derby Association

6/25 Sunday Activities 10am-5pm ....... Vendor Show & Bouncy Toys

Port of Bremerton’s Marina Park in Port Orchard

by the SKFRVA, Amys Parking Lot

on fathomsofun.org

12:45-1:30pm .. Eclectic Cloggers -

Port of Bremerton’s Marina Park in Port Orchard – Gazebo Area

1-4pm............... Kids Craft in Vendor Area - Sponsored by Farmers Insurance (Knoche)

2:30pm ............ Invitational SK Crew Race in Sinclair Inlet Sponsored by Windermere

3-5pm ............... Silver City 6 (live band)

Port of Bremerton’s Marina Park in Port Orchard - Gazebo Area

4th of July - Tuesday Activities


11am-5pm ....... Various bands 5-11pm ............. Vendor Show, & Bouncy Toys

Port of Bremerton’s Marina Park in Port Orchard

5-11pm ............. Handy Andy the Clown & Magician 5:30-7pm ......... Buck & Elizabeth (live band) 8:30-10:30pm.. Usual Suspects (live band) 10:30................. WAVE Presents 4th of July Fireworks Show

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ne might ask, what is Fathoms O’ Fun? Growing up in Port Orchard in the 1970s, Fathoms O’ Fun was a household name. To be part of Fathoms meant you were someone special. Businesses would line up for the opportunity to be a sponsor, as well as girls for the opportunity to run for and maybe make it to the Fathoms O’ Fun Court. Times have changed, but what Fathoms represents has not. Fathom O’ Fun, for those who do not know, is a community organization run completely by volunteers. Our volunteers work tirelessly providing you with rich and inviting events within the South Kitsap community. One of the many aspects of Fathoms is a scholarship program for our youth. For the past 50 years, we have been enriching our youth by helping their college dreams come true. Our program provides much more than just money for college, we also provide them invaluable connections to local community businesses, as well as the ability to expand their communication skills to help them acquire future jobs, and gain confidence in who they are and who they can grow into as an individual. There are two ways you can be a member on the royalty court: a Junior Princess for those who are in grades 6 to 8, or a Senior Court Member, for those in grade 9 to the age of 20. The selection process is tedious but rewarding. Each member is

required to develop a platform which is simply something that they are passionate about. Once they determine what that is, they are required to write a 500-word essay which is judged Port Orchard author Debbie MaComber. Along with writing a speech, they are required to be able to deliver the speech to several civic groups in the South Kitsap area, such as Rotary, Soroptimist, Lions, and others. To help participants prepare for this the Port Orchard Toastmaster Club critiques the contestants to ready them for their final speeches. On top of all of that, each contestant also is required to go through a private interview where they are asked questions on their platform and application for 10 minutes by a panel of five judges who are community business owners and past court royalty. On pageant night, each contestant is also required to answer an impromptu question, perform a talent and model evening wear to demonstrate grace and elegance. Being a royal member with Fathoms gives participants the opportunity to meet life-long friends, travel to parades and ride on an award-winning float from city to city representing our town, Port Orchard. That further helps them develop the confidence to network among dignitaries. But wait, there’s more! Being on the Royal Court our youth also reaches out to local businesses and auxiliary groups to assist them in various community events happening in the surrounding area. In just four short months, our youth have already


put in more than 600 cumulative hours and still counting. So as you can see, being part of Fathoms is a huge commitment. Efforts like this help our youth feel comfortable with their community while bringing awareness to the events around them, perfects their public speaking, teaches them to network amongst our community, and most of all, being a part of Fathoms helps them gain connections for life. Yes, the hours are demanding and sometimes very tiring, but the great things in life never come easy. In fact, the most treasured assets are the ones we work the hardest to obtain. They are always told, these little twists and turns that life makes and the humps we have to climb, helps make the journey that much sweeter when it is achieved. Without these obstacles, we would take it all for granted. Today’s youth are smart, quick to learn and very Bob Smith | Independent techno savvy! It’s important we take a moment and step Kids play a large role in the Fathoms O’ Fun parade. back to see what they have to offer by helping them gain City Councilman Fred Chang, Paratransit the tools they need to make Service, Butter Boyz, South Kitsap Rotary our future a bigger and brighter place to live and work. We can walk away each day Club, Port Orchard Eagles, Kiwanis Club, Soroptimist International of Port Orchard, knowing that our community has made a Unique and Chic, Gazebo Florist, Rings difference in a child’s future. and Things, DeFord Photography, West Thanks to our sponsors Wave, ColumSound Tech Cosmology, Olde Central bia Bank, Kitsap Bank, Port Orchard LiAntique Mall, Harbor Church Christian ons Club, Air Masters, Debbie MaCombLife Center, Bryan Petro, Ace Hardware, er, Stokes Auction, Rill Chapel, Bruce City of Port Orchard, Port of Bremerton Titus Ford, Westhills Autoplex, West and Kitsap County. Bay Autoparts, Sound Storage, Mile Hill If you would like to be a part of the next Storage, Papa Johns, Windermere Real Estate, Chiropractic Health Center, Brisco Fathoms celebration, download an application at www.fathomsofun.org. Inc., Port Orchard Bay Street Association,



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South Kitsap High crew to stage races on Sunday Sinclair Inlet will host the crew race series By LESLIE KELLY

Kitsap News Group

For those who like racing on the water, Sunday’s exhibition crew races are for you. The South Kitsap High School crew team will give an exhibition show at 2:30 p.m., June 25. According to Coach Jake Brisson, fourman boats and some eight-man boats will begin the race on Sinclair Inlet near the Port Orchard Marina. “We’re doing the exhibition this year to show people about crewing,” Brisson said. “And next year, we hope to have more crew teams join us.” South Kitsap High School began its crew program last fall. In all, 65 students signed up to be a part of the team. Currently, there are 36 active members. “We are the first public high school in the state to offer the option of crew as a sport,” Brisson said. “We are so grateful to the school district for its support. The district bought all the equipment we needed and we’ve had

wonderful support.” The inter-team competition on Sunday can best be viewed at the public dock of the Port Orchard Marina. “People should be looking for the intensity of the competitors,” he said. “Listen for the loud voices of the coxswains. Watch the participants push themselves to their limit.” Those who compete in crew races aren’t necessarily the “best athletes,” Brisson said. “But they have a great attitude, are willing to learn and are dedicated to the sport.” The team practices on Long Lake at Long Lake Park in South Kitsap County. They practice and compete all year round, taking July and August as a break. In the past year, the SKHS has participated in three regattas including the Northwest Youth Championship. Brisson began crewing in college at Washington State University. His goal was to be able to share the sport. “I wanted to become the best version of myself,” he said of his crewing. “And I wanted to be able to bring an expensive sport into an affordable range for students.” The race will end near the gazebo at Port Orchard’s Waterfront Park.

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Miss Kitsap County Fair and Stampede travels the Fathoms O’ Fun Festival parade route along Bay Street.

KICKOFF YOUR SUMMER in Downtown Port Orchard! presents the annual

Grand Fireworks Show July 4th - 10:30PM Over Sinclair Inlet

View from Port Orchard & Bremerton


Be Sure to visit our Downtown Merchants for an Eclectic Shopping Experience!

boutiques • galleries • antiques salons • restaurants jewelry • gift shops • sweet treats

Butler Amusements presents

SUMMER CARNIVAL Back by popular demand!

July 6th-9th

Port of Bremerton’s

Marina Park in Port Orchard FREE ADMISSION for hours & ticket pricing visit FATHOMSOFUN.ORG


Art & Antiques Fair July 14th & 15th

Taste of Port Orchard September 3rd

JUNE 23, 2017


2017 Fathoms royalty to serve Port Orchard Seven local students were chosen to be the 2017 Fathoms O’ Fun Royalty Court. They are: • Queen Alainna Widdifield, a junior at South Kitsap High School and a Running Start student at Olympic College. Her parents are Nancy and Mike Widdifield. Her platform is “Coral Reefs and How we Impact the Ocean.” • Senior Princess Mackenzie Wright, a sophomore at South Kitsap High School, daughter of Jennifer and Joe Wright. Her platform is “Veterans with PTSD.” • Senior Princess Jaimeson Folden, a freshman at Gig Harbor High School, daughter of Jeremy and Kasey Folden. Her platform is “Washington’s Education.”


2017 Fathoms O’ Fun Royalty Court (from left to right): Junior Princess Veronica Mihai, Senior Princess Mackenzie Wright, Senior Princess Jaimeson Folden, Queen Alainna Widdifield, Duchess Hannah Lai, Junior Princess J’Elaine Wall, and Junior Princess Hailey Chambard.

• Duchess Hannah Lai, a freshman at South Kitsap High School, daughter of Laura and Shu Ting Lai. Her platform, “Advocate for Pro-life.” • Junior Princess Veronica Mihai, a sixth grader at Cedar Heights Junior High, daughter of Jennifer and Viorel Mihai. Her platform is “Inspiring Girls to be Confident Bold and Strong.” • Junior Princess Hailey Chambard is a seventh grade at Marcus Whitman Junior High, and her mother is Jennifer Chambard. Her platform is “Homelessness.” • Junior Princess J’Elaine Wall, a seventh-grader at Marcus Whitman, daughter of Lynn and Jaron Wall. Her platform is “Bullying.”

Photo by Merlyn Lehmukuhl

Past royalty excited about 2017 Fathoms parade By LESLIE KELLY Kitsap News Group

It’s been almost 50 years since Cheryl Jacobson Lambert was “royalty” in a parade. But she’s ready to do it again. Lambert was a Fathoms O’ Fun princess in 1968, and will be one of the former Fathoms royalty who will return this year to ride in the parade. “What am I looking forward to?” she asked. “Waving at the people, of course.” Lambert is still a resident of Port Orchard, but in the interim years has traveled extensively. After high school, she attended Olympic College while she worked at Kitsap Bank, opening new accounts. From there she went on to Central Washington University and earned a degree in education. She married and spent two years in Germany with her husband who was active duty Army and then had a civilian job. She taught primary grades. When they returned to the states, they settled in Bellevue where she taught for the Lake Washington School District. “That was, until we had children,” she said. “When we decided to begin our family, we moved back to Port Orchard because we wanted to raise our kids in a small town.” And, of course, the kids had two sets

Fathoms royalty from previous decades to appear at Saturday hospitality event

of grandparents who still lived in Port Orchard, too. Lambert went back to teaching after having children, and she taught elementary school in the South Kitsap School District. Having gone to school here, “I knew all the principals and their wives,” Lambert said. “So it didn’t take me long to find a job.” She retired from teaching in 2005, and decided to travel. “I saw 20 countries in five years,” she said. Her memories of the 1968 Fathoms parade are sketchy. “I can’t recall how big it was or how long it took, but we rode on a float,” she said. “I think it was a octopus.” She was sponsored by the local auto parts store and employees at Kitsap Bank also encouraged her to compete for the title. “I think I read some poetry,” she said, of the talent portion of what was then a “beauty” pageant. Today the royalty competition is a scholarship pageant. “We had some responsibilities after that, throughout the year,” she said. “But that was the year I transferred to Central so I was away after that summer.” She married a second time and has been married for 18 years. She likes to read and

she does day hikes with her husband. She thinks the Fathoms celebration has lasted for 50 years because of where it’s located. “People in this community get together and make things happen,” she said. As for another parade, she’s getting ready. “I didn’t keep track of the tiara I wore in the first parade, but I found another one at Good Will for something a few years ago. And I’ll be wearing that one. It’s just an honor to be asked to be a part of all of this.” Another princess who will be coming back for the 50th Fathoms is Susan Post Bittner. She was part of the 1969 Fathoms royalty crew. Now a resident of Bellevue, Bittner has kept in touch with Port Orchard and spends time at her brother’s cabin on the Hood Canal. She attended Central Washington University and earned a business degree. After graduation, she joined her husband’s company, Fryer Knowles, and is currently its CEO. The company makes floor coverings and works on ships and ferries including work at the Bremerton Ship Yard during the past 30 years. She also was an industrial engineer for the Safeway Corporation. Bittner said she is looking forward to coming back for the Fathoms parade. “I was back last September for the

celebration at Buck’s A&W,” she said. “I worked there when I was in high school.” In fact, it was the Gehring Family, who owned A&W who sponsored her in the Fathoms royalty contest in 1969. “I know we did community events as part of it,” she said. “And for the competition, my talent was clothes design and selling. I made three outfits which I wore in the pageant. And we had to have good grades and give a talk.” Although she doesn’t know what all will be involved in the 50th event, she’s glad to be a part of it. “I’m just going to visit with old friends,” she said. “I’m just going to have fun.” And, looking back, she knows the experience of being part of the town’s royalty taught her much. “One thing it did for me was help me gain confidence,” she said. “I wasn’t all that outgoing. We were all just graduating from high school and we thought we knew everything. We were on top of the world. And then the next day, we were learning how much we didn’t know about etiquette. We were learning how to properly walk and talk and how to hold a tea cup.” And, her tiara? “Oh yes, we wore them,” Bittner said. “They were beautiful. But we had to give them back.”

As in past years, Fathoms O’ Fun will host a hospitality event at 1 p.m., June 24, at the Bethany Lutheran Church, 151 Tremont St. W., for the parade royalty, out-of-town visitors bringing floats to the parade and other Fathoms volunteers. What’s different this year is that princesses and queens from past Fathoms seasons will return to Port Orchard and be honored at the gathering.

Anna Whitten, event organizer, said the guests will mostly consist of royalty from the 1990s, although a princess from 1968 is expected to attend. She said they will wear gowns and shashes that will identify their “royal heritage.” Whitten said about 150 guests are expected to visit the hospitality suite at the church prior to the parade. “Papa John’s will provide enough pizza

to feed 150 people without charge,” she said. “We’re appreciative of their help, as always.” A local designer has volunteered thousands of dollars of services to add a royal flair to the suite, and local businesses, she said, stepped up to provide in-kind services and donations.


JUNE 23, 2017


Capt. Edward ‘Alan’ Schrader to be Grand Marshal John Hanson is parade’s Honorary Grand Marshal By LESLIE KELLY

Kitsap News Group

Captain Alan Schrader, commanding officer of Naval Base Kitsap, will be the Grand Marshal of this year’s Fathoms O’ Fun parade. Schrader graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1992 with a bachelor of science degree in physics. Captain Alan Schrader Additionally, he holds a master of science Grand Marshal degree from the University of Colorado in He has addressed several groups in the electrical engineering. past year, including chambers of comIn September 2016, Schrader assumed merce and Rotary clubs, speaking about command of Naval Base Kitsap (NBK), how Naval Base Kitsap which encompasses is an important part of nearly 11,000 acres in In September 2016, Schrader Kitsap County. Washington, Alaska assumed command of Naval Base Kit- His submarine and a site in British Columbia. Locally, sap (NBK), which encompasses nearly assignments were a Division OfNBK’s installations 11,000 acres in Washington, Alaska as ficer on USS Batfish include Bangor, (SSN 681), as combat Bremerton, Keyport, and a site in British Columbia. systems officer on Manchester and JackUSS Springfield (SSN 761), as executive son Park. officer on USS Kentucky (SSBN 737), and He relocated to the area with his wife as commanding officer of the USS Nevada and children.

John Hanson Honorary Grand Marshal (SSBN 733). During his command tour, he led the combined crew through the final stages of a 27-month, $200 million Engineered Refueling Overhaul. After crew split, he then led the Blue Crew through all certifications for strategic operations and four strategic deterrent patrols. His staff and shore assignments include as Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Instructor at the University of Colorado; Executive Officer of Moored Training Ship (MTS 635); Action Officer and Executive Assistant to the Director for Force Structure, Resources, and As-

sessment (J8), the Joint Staff; and Branch Head, Operations, Evaluation, and Training, Strategic Systems Programs (SP 205). Capt. Schrader is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Joint Staff Achievement Award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and the Battle “E” Efficiency Ribbon (three awards). Also in the parade will be the Honorary Grand Marshal John Hanson. Hanson is currently the president of the nonprofit organization Bremerton Historic Ship Association. This is his fifth year as president and 10th year on the board. Hanson retired from the Navy and Department of Energy as a nuclear regulator for Naval Nuclear power program. He is also a retired Naval nuclear officer having served 23 years. His career included teaching Naval Nuclear Power school, Nuclear Planning and Engineering Officer for submarines at Bangor, Washington and qualifying Surface Warfare on Nimitz class aircraft carriers. As a part of a fundraising auction, he won the honorary title and will be riding in a parade vehicle behind Schrader. The USS Turner Joy Jeep will follow behind him carrying Turner Joy staff and volunteers.

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