Knighting Ceremonies

King Neptune, Queen Alcyone and Miss Seafair Rio Barber have been given the ceremonial sword to “knight” deserving individuals for their contributions to Seattle’s quality of life. 

The 2014 Seafair Royal Court includes:

Jennifer Shea, "Countess of Cupcakes" 

Knighting Ceremony: Thursday, July 17, 2014 | 3:45 p.m. | Trophy Cupcake Party

On Saturday, July 17, Seafair joined Trophy Cupcakes to unveil our 65th Anniversary Royalty Cupcake. Seafair conducted a royal knighting for Jennifer Shea of Trophy Cupcakes! Jennifer was dubbed, "Countess of Cupcakes."

Jennifer Shea is a life-long baker and party-maker, winning accolades as early as age eight, in the form of 4-H blue ribbons for her grandma's pumpkin roll. Her passion for perfecting dreamy, decadent desserts has made Trophy Cupcakes Seattle's favorite boutique cupcake bakery. Congratulations Jennifer!

Raymond Glandon, "Prince of Partnership and Produce" and Ryan Walker, "Squire of Savories and Sustainable Communities"

Knighting Ceremony: Saturday, July 12, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. | PCC Natural Markets Milk Carton Derby

On Saturday, July 12, Seafair put on the PCC Natural Markets Milk Carton Derby at Greenlake. Seafair conducted a royal knighting for Raymond Glandon and Ryan Walker of PCC Natural Markets! Raymond was dubbed, "Prince of Partnership and Produce" and Ryan was dubbed "Squire of Savories and Sustainable Communities."

Raymond is the director of the PCC Natural Markets Greenlake Village realm. He is a firm believer of building strong relationships with not only customers coming in to the store but with the businesses in the surrounding area. 

Ryan is the director of PCC Natural Markets in the Greenlake-Aurora area. He has an incredible sense of humor that allows him to not only have a special relationship with his customers but with his staff as well. 

Congratulations Raymond and Ryan!

Marvin Davis (aka Captain Kidd), "Captain of Carousing and Seafair Celebrations"

Knighting Ceremony: Saturday, June 28, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. | Pirates Landing at Alki

On Saturday, June 28, Seafair attended Pirates Landing at Alki Beach. Seafair conducted a royal knighting for Marvin Davis, aka Captain Kidd, the commander of the Seafair Pirates! Marvin was dubbed "Captain of Carousing and Seafair Celebrations."

As the 2014 Captain Kidd, Seafair would like to appoint Marvin Davis as the commander of the Seafair Pirates. He brings spirit and enthusiasm to all those around him, while leading the Pirates on mischievous adventures. There is no doubt he will bring honor to the Pirates and the Puget Sound Region throughout the 2014 Seafair season. Congratulations Marvin, or shall we say Captain Kidd!

Rick Rizzs, "Royal Sage of Safeco Field and Prince of the play-by-play"

Knighting Ceremony: Friday, June 27, 2014 | 4:00 p.m. | Seafair Night at Safeco Field

On Friday, June 27, Seafair attended Seafair Night at Safeco Field for the Mariners game. Seafair conducted a royal knighting for Rick Rizzs, the lead announcer for Mariners baseball! Rick was dubbed "Royal Sage of Safeco Grounds and Prince of the play-by-play."

As the lead radio-announcer for the Mariners, Rick Rizzs brings excitement and entertainment to the game of baseball. From his days of handling baseball play-by-play duties at the double-A level to calling Ohio State football and triple-A baseball for two season, his talent as an announcer has been admired by fans for many years. He is now is his 29th season with the Mariners broadcast team. Except for three seasons calling the play-by-play for the Detroit Tigers, he has been a large part of the Mariners radio-TV crew since 1983. Congratulations Rick!

Michael Birawer, "Duke of Artistry and Creativity"

Knighting Ceremony: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. | Meet and Greet with Michael Birawer at the Museum of Flight
On Saturday, June 17, Seafair attended a meet and greet with Michael Birawer at the Museum of Flight in Renton. Seafair conducted a royal knighting for Michael Birawer, the artist who created the Seafair 65th Anniversary commemorative painting! Michael was dubbed "Duke of Artistry and Creativity."

Michael Birawer is a nationally acclaimed artist who has brought a new look to the face of urban neighborhoods through his unique style of painting. A combination of graffiti, cartoon, illustration and heavy textures, his paintings have received praise from both art critics and patrons, who describe his work as "one of the best examples of the contemporary revival of urban art." Congratulations Michael!

Larry Oberto, "Squire of All Natural Snacks and Speedy Thunderboats"

Knighting Ceremony: Saturday, June 15, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. | Seafair Festival Kick Off
On Sunday, June 14, Seafair kicked off the season at Westlake Park in Seattle. Seafair conducted a royal knighting for Larry Oberto of Oberto All Natural Jerky! Larry was dubbed "Squire of All Natural Snacks and Speedy Thunderboats."

Larry is a longstanding supporter of Seafair and hydroplane racing. The relationship between Seafair and Oberto goes back nearly 40 years! Congratulations Larry!

Samantha Hill, "Princess of soft serve scoops, swirls and sweet dessert"

Knighting Ceremony: Saturday, June 14, 2014 | 2:30 p.m. | Snoqualmie Ice Cream Seafair 65th Anniversary Flavor Launch Party.
On Saturday, June 14, Seafair launched the Seafair ice cream flavor, "Blues are Back!" at Snoqualmie Ice Cream in Maltby. Seafair conducted a royal knighting for Samantha Hill of Snoqualmie Ice Cream! Samantha was dubbed "Princess of soft serve scoops, swirls and sweet dessert."

Samantha Hill is known for her captivating and upbeat spirit, whose favorite ice cream flavor is the savory French Lavender. Her passion for ice cream also resonates with her love for hiking, exploring, antique shopping and cooking. She is native to Yucaipa, California and now lives in a little cabin in Granite Falls with her husband, Steve, and two dogs, Bear and Yoshi. Furthermore, her devotion for this delectable dessert is no secret and she will forever be known as the professional ice cream lover. Congratulations Samantha!

Brighton, "Princess of Playtime and Imagination"

Knighting Ceremony: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 | 4:00 p.m. | Ronald McDonald House Knighting.
On Saturday, June 10, Seafair conducted a royal knighting for Brighton at the Ronald Mcdonald House in Seattle! Brighton was dubbed "Princess of Playtime and Imagination."

Brighton is an inspirational young lady who is from Oak Harbor, Washington. She is 12 years old and her hobbies include reading, writing and playing with her sisters. She also has a sweet tooth for her favorite candy, Swedish Fish. Congratulations Brighton!

Claire Mueller, "Countess of Caramel and Kettle Corn"

Knighting Ceremony: Saturday, June 7, 2014 | 12:30 p.m. | KukuRuza Gourmet Popcorn and Seafair Launch Custom Flavor: Pirate's Treasure-Pina Colada.
On Saturday, June 7, Seafair launched the Seafair popcorn flavor, Pina Colada at KukuRuza Gourmet Popcorn in Seattle. Seafair conducted a royal knighting for Claire Mueller of KukuRuza! Claire was dubbed "Countess of Caramel and Kettle Corn."

Claire Mueller is no stranger to the celebration of Seafair. As a young child, her favorite part of summer was the Magnolia Seafair parade, specifically when the pirate's rode in on their boat with canon blanks and swords. Her love for Seafair and the Pirates was also the inspiration for the Seafair flavor. Seafair has not only brought joy and excitement for her throughout her life but has truly defined the meaning of summer. Congratulations Claire!

Bob Delf, "Duke of Sips and Swirls"

Knighting Ceremony: Thursday, June 5, 2014 | 6:30 p.m. | Seafair Foundation 65th Anniversary Wine Release Party

On Thursday, June 5, Seafair released the Seafair Foundation wine collection at Northwest Cellars in Kirkland. Seafair conducted a royal knighting for Bob Delf of Northwest Cellars! Bob was dubbed the "Duke of Sips and Swirls".

Bob Delf started off as a software engineer and ran several software companies before he entered the wine business. He holds degrees in pure math and computer science as well as an MBA. In addition to being a connoisseur of fine wines, he is also a musician and an experienced businessman. Congratulations Bob!

Lorraine McConaghy, "Duke of Sips and Swirls"

Knighting Ceremony: Thursday, June 5, 2014 | 4:00 p.m. | Seafair Day at MOHAI: Free First Thursday

On Thursday, June 5, It was Seafair Day on the First Free Thursday at MOHAI. Seafair conducted a royal knighting for Lorraine McConaghy of MOHAI! Lorraine was dubbed the "Duchess of Innovation and Exploration".

Lorraine grew up in Hackensack, New Jersey but moved to Seattle in 1969. She loves researching, writing and talking about Seattle history. During her two decades at the museum, Lorraine helped propel MOHAI to the top of American history museums. She believes it's important to study the past to ensure the present makes sense, so that we can make better choices for the future. Without Lorraine, MOHAI would not be where it is today. In fact, many people throughout the community believe that MOHAI is Lorraine. Congratulations Lorraine!

Andrew Bray, "Baron of Brisket & BBQ Sauce"

Knighting Ceremony: Thursday, May 1, 2014 | 11:30 a.m. | 65th Anniversary Seafair BBQ Sauce Launch Party

On Thursday, May 1, Seafair launched the 65th Anniversary BBQ Sauce at Pinky's Kitchen in Wallingford. Seafair conducted a royal knighting for Andrew Bray of Pinky's Kitchen! Andrew was dubbed the "Baron of Brisket and BBQ Sauce".

Andrew Bray is an Australian, circus royalty runaway,now maestro of American BBW, saucier and proud dual citizen. He has been serving up Seattle's most delectable barbeque for years on 45th street in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. Congratulations Andrew!

Blitz, "Squire of the 12th Man Spirit & Sideline Dances"

Knighting Ceremony: Wendesday, January 29, 2014 | 4 p.m. | 65th Anniversary Kick Off 

Blitz, the infamous Seahawks' mascot, has joined the Seafair Royals! On Wednesday, January 29 Blitz was knighted at Seafair's 65th Anniversary Kick Off at the Seattle Boat Show. He has been dubbed the "Squire of the 12th Man Spirit & Sideline Dances".

Since joining the Seattle Seahawks in 1998, Blitz has become one of the most recognized mascots in the nation. Known for his high-energy, high-fives and raise the roofs at every home game, Blitz knows how to excite a crowd. And this crowd at CenturyLink Field isn’t just any crowd. It’s the home of the 12th man, the loudest fans in the world. Blitz never fails to keep the energy up and the crowd on their feet as he leads the 12’s to the big game.