By Molly Walsh
“I’ve been to Lakefair many times,” says Byerly. “It’s what you do in the summer.”
A longtime Olympia resident, Byerly often saw princesses on the Lakefair Parade float, never imagining she’d one day be the person waving at the crowd. As a member of the court, she most enjoys the social aspect. “I’m looking forward,” she says, “to a lot of the volunteering events since I was already doing that a lot with clubs before Lakefair. It’s something that I enjoy, just getting to meet new people and kids, and you learn a lot from it.”
While working with kids part-time, Byerly finds it important to be a figure they can admire. “Having the opportunity to continue to be a role model for them,” she says, “is really great.”
Read more about OLY ARTS’ Lakefair coverage, including interviews with the entire royal court here.
Royalty Night, Capital Lakefair
330 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia
7 p.m. Thursday, July 18