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Bear Festival meetings are held every 3rd Tuesday at 6:00 PM at the McCleary Community Center.

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McCleary Bear Festival
PO Box 408
McCleary, WA 98557

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Reigning Queen - Emma Peters

Reigning Queen - Emma Peters

Emma , a 15 year old freshman at Elma High School. She recently completed her first season on the EHS Equestrian team where she made it to the State Championships with other members of her team. She enjoys fast pitch and volleyball and spending free time with friends, family and her horse. Emma plans to attend the University of Washington and major in Marine Biology or attend Eastern Washington University and study environmental biology. She is proud to be a part of the 60th anniversary of the Bear Festival. Emma admits to loving being a leader and enjoys helping others become leaders. She is excited to be a role model for this year’s girls and hopes they enjoy their time as McCleary Bear Festival Princesses.

Princess - Koral Young

Princess - Koral Young

Koral, a 13 year old 8th grade student, wants to become a school counselor. Her ambition in life is help others. Being a part of the Bear Festival court is her way of doing something for others. Koral is also looking to fulfill a promise she made to her grandma of becoming Bear Festival Queen.

Junior Royalty

Junior Royalty

Junior Princess Kinsleigh Morris is in 5th grade at McCleary School. She is 11 years old and is participating in junior royalty this year. She enjoys reading and swimming in her free time. She plays soccer, volleyball, softball, track and basketball. Her favorite subject in school is science because she finds natural disasters interesting. She joined band this year and plays the flute. Kinsleigh is looking forward to attending parades with the other royalty. She states she is really excited to be a part of my community and Bear Festival this year! 

Junior Princess Samantha Blankenship is 10 years old, in the 4th grade. Samantha hopes to go to the University of Washington to become a teacher. While in college, Samantha would like to play on the girls basketball team and dreams of being good enough for the WNBA.  When asked why she wanted to be queen this year, Samantha stated it wasn’t about the spotlight, but about being a good leader. She looks forward to meeting new people and providing good leadership for future princesses. 

Junior Princess Taryn Ferrier is in the 6th grade. Taryn hasn’t narrowed her interests down yet. She is dreaming of the possibility of becoming a teacher, an actress, an author, a massage therapist and a business owner. Being queen of the Bear Festival is something Taryn has dreamed up since she was little and thinks that to have it happen would be amazing.

Junior Princess Gabriela Heath-von Claeve, a 10-year-old 4th grader wants to always make people smile. Her reason for becoming the 60th Bear Festival Queen is to help McCleary in any way she can.

Princess Cheyann Marie Parker, a 10-year-old 4th grade student, plans to become an NBA basketball player. She would like to be queen of the 

Bear Festival as an inspiration to other kids. 


In the group picture are from left to right: Front row are Junior Princess Kinsleigh, Junior Princess Samantha, Junior Princess Gabriela. Back row from left to right are Junior Princess Taryn, Queen Emma, Junior Princess CheyAnn Not pictured: Princess Koral

Photographs by: Kaitlyn Waddington
Magnolia Photo Co. 425-229-9216

McCleary Bear Festival

Our Info

Address: PO Box 408, McCleary WA 98557
Phone: 360-495-3667 ext. 8 option 1

Meet the Committee

Holly Pierce: (360) 470-2387 Treasurer
Karen Waddington: (425) 221-9181 Co Chair
Tanya Beavers: (360) 470-1344 Chair
Amanda Lewis: (360) 359-3060 Secretary