For West Linn royalty Allison Ingle, the crowning achievement of her reign as 2016 Old Time Fair Queen has been her interactions with the people of West Linn.
"My experience was so much fun," Ingle says. "I enjoyed meeting people from the community."
West Linn's Recreation Coordinator Terri Jones admires Ingle's compassionate nature, especially when it comes to the other members of the 2016 Old Time Fair Court.
"Queen Allison demonstrates great care and concern for all of the princesses on the court, putting their ease and interests above her own," Jones says. "She is conscientious in all of her duties promoting the tradition of the Old Time Fair and has gone above and beyond in community outreach and volunteerism."
Ingle's volunteer spirit is evident in her passion for service. Highlights from the year have included working events like the Oregon City Teddy Bear Parade. The parade collects the bears to give to law enforcement agencies, fire departments and hospitals. She has also spent time at Stafford Primary School, helping students find success in the classroom.
"My community service project was at Stafford Primary working with second-graders. At the end of the project I gave them all little bookmarks that said 'Keep Reading,'" Ingle says. "They asked lots of questions about the Old Time Fair and the court. They wanted to get involved. The experience was a standout moment for me."
Since becoming a member of the court, Ingle has noticed great growth in her public speaking ability. Interacting with members of Stafford Primary helped Ingle to feel more comfortable speaking to large crowds.
"Speaking in front of the elementary school was a big achievement for me. I'd never talked to so many people," Ingle says. "I've achieved greater public speaking skills and I've been able to interact with people of all ages."
Ingle's mother Wendy is proud of the personal strides her daughter has made this year, especially the growth she has had within her leadership role as a communicator.
"It has been rewarding to watch my daughter gain poise and confidence through this process," Wendy Ingle says. "I am proud of the impact she has made through her service to the community. Watching her grow in this leadership role has been my greatest joy."
The biggest takeaway of the year for Ingle has been the lessons she has learned from the people of West Linn.
"It's good to be kind to everyone," Ingle says. "I've learned a lot from the people in West Linn. They are so kind."
Ingle credits the people of West Linn with her success. Her advice to the soon to be crowned 2017 Old Time Fair Queen summarizes her reign as a public servant.
"Remember to get close to your community," Ingle says.
If you go:
Don't forget the Old Time Fair shuttle, which will get you to the fun without the parking hassles. Shuttle stops are located at 15th and Willamette, 12th and Willamette and at the corner of 11th and 6th Avenune.