Alyssa Sharp – Universe
Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel sent in their RSVP’s for the second annual Princess Festival, taking place June 8-12, and requested magic and adventure for local princess participants.
Upon arrival, the princess participants will begin their spellbinding quest as the Blue Fairy leads the path to rescue storybook princesses in need. The participants, young girls ages 4 to 12, first meet a distraught Prince Charming as his beloved Snow White lies across the seven dwarfs’ beds.
After helping the prince save Snow White, the participants are led to rescue Rapunzel from a high tower, transform the Beast into a handsome prince and help Cinderella go to the ball. After their adventures, the princess participants are led to the grand ballroom where they dance, mingle and meet adored fairytale princes and princesses.
Devin Davis, a recent graduate from Orem High School, and McKenna Henkel, a freshman at UVU, organized the Princess Festival this year. After participating as characters last year, Davis and Henkel asked to head up the event this year. They were in charge of finding actors to play the various parts and create the experience participants have.
“The event is so individual,” Henkel said. “There is closeness with 30 storybook characters here and an opportunity for participants to be involved with the characters that can’t be found anywhere else in Utah.”
Henkel has the task of portraying Cinderella while Davis acts as behind-the-scenes director and only plays a character when they need a substitute.
“I have always loved fairytales and Disney,” Davis said. “It’s great to bring the stories to life for the participants.”
Henkel said she loves interacting with the participants and seeing the joy on their faces.
“It’s great to see [participants] run back to their mom and say ‘I just hugged Cinderella,’” Henkel said.
In addition to the characters in the adventure, participants will be greeted by other storybook characters such as Peter Pan and Tinkerbell at the pavilion as they await their turn. Davis said they wanted more characters than they could fit in the adventure, so some will be interacting with guests as they visit other activities and booths.
At the event, there will be crafts provided by Roberts Craft and food available for discounted purchase by The Sconecutter.
One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the charity, In Our Own Quiet Way (Quiet Way). Quiet Way was founded by local businessman Ron Hatfield. Holly Hatfield, Ron’s daughter and chairperson of Quiet Way, said the charity began by purchasing a plot of land in the village of Kakameja, Kenya. The land was used to teach local orphans how to farm and provide food for the community.
“Two-thirds of kids are orphans [in Kakameja],” Holly Hatfield said. “The village takes care of them even though resources are extremely scarce.”
The Hatfield family funds the entire Princess Festival upfront so all the proceeds can go to ship food to Kenya. They also created the venue and opened up their home as the ballroom for the festival.
This year, a few children from Kakameja, Kenya will participate in the festival.
“It’s great because the community will get to meet the people the money is going to affect,” Hatfield said. “People will realize that these children are polite, have extreme manners and are just funny, vivacious children.”
In addition to children from the village, the U.S.
Ambassador to Kenya will attend the final daddy-daughter ball on June 12. Crystal Miller, the director of operations of the charity, told a story of how Quiet Way randomly met the ambassador, H. Peter Ogego, at a small airport in Kenya. After hearing why a group of Americans from Utah were traveling to meet the Vice President of Kenya, Ambassador Orego gave Miller his card and personal cell phone number and told her to contact him if he could be of any assistance.
“We called him and reminded him who we were and asked him to come to our final event,” Miller said. “It’s just little miracles like that that helped the organization to be where it is today.”
Holly Hatfield said the Princess Festival is great because it gets children in the community involved in a charity event.
“It’s all about fun,” Hatfield said. “We want the community to know that charity isn’t all drudging, but can be creative, bright, fun and involve children.”
The Princess Festival will be held at Hatfieldadelphia located at 110 S. Main St. in Lindon. Registration for the event is online at princessfestival.com where participants can sign up for their adventure time. For more information about Quiet Way, visit quietway.org.
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