Loggers Playday will parade its royalty on Sept.10.
Continuing a long-standing tradition, four young local women have been selected as members of this year’s Hoquiam Loggers Playday Court. As members of the court the women will serve as Playday ambassadors to the community at various functions throughout the year. Along with the honor of being chosen a court member, each received an open scholarship — $750 for the Queen and $500 for each of the princesses.
The coveted titles are awarded after a careful selection process which includes a written autobiography, said Court Director Lisa Anderson.
“The girls are usually high schools juniors, and are selected by a special committee on the basis of good grades, family involvement with the Loggers Playday and their personal involvement with the community,” Anderson said.
Princess Maddie Wood, Princess Kiona Rivera, Princess Yacci Pineda and Queen Madisen Davis started their official duties in May with the selling of Playday buttons, handing out of pamphlets and riding atop the Loggers Playday truck in parades. But, being a member of court royalty is not all glitz and glamour. There is a lot of work to be done as well.
“One of their less glamorous duties is washing the truck before each parade,” Anderson said.
This year, the 52nd annual Hoquiam Loggers Playday is Saturday, Sept. 10. The girls will start off their busy day at the 6 a.m. pancake feed at Our Lady of Good Help church in Hoquiam. At noon their truck will be one of the lead vehicles in the Hoquiam Elks Parade which begins on Early Way and proceeds down 8th and K streets. At the 6 p.m. Loggers Show at Olympic Stadium, they will take to the field to run the time sheets from each event to the judging booth for recording the scores.
The court will cap off its duties with a final appearance in December at Montesano’s Festival of Lights.