Here ye! Here ye!
Meet the 2020 Royal Court — and find them at OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest and pre-Oregon WinterFest activities!
The OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest Fire King and Ice Queen are crowned each year because of the good they do in the arts and theater community! Each member of the royal family is adding something to Bend that makes it even more special than it already is. They are two honorable citizens who really capture the spirit of Oregon WinterFest. If you see them before or during WinterFest weekend, be sure to say hi! It’s a well-known fact that they are great at taking pictures with kids and families. Plus, they might even have a little swag for you during the festival if you do say hello!
Grand Coronation Ceremony
This event will be a royal blast! Meet this year’s King and Queen as they roam through downtown Bend with the Royal Court. Onlookers can experience the official coronation happen at OnPoint Community Credit Union’s downtown Bend location at 6pm, be warmed by a fire pit, witness a live ice carving and win prizes! It’s been well known that the Fire King and Ice Queen love taking photos with those who ask nicely. All things considered—it truly is going to be First Friday like no other.
Your Fire King, John Kish
Actor and Horticulturist John Kish, can usually be found amongst the greenery in his Bend plant shop, Somewhere That’s Green. He strives to create healthier indoor areas through the power of living flora. Besides running a plant-packed shop (part of 9th St. Village and DIY Cave), he also offers in-home consultations and greenification. In addition from STG, he’s part of the duo running Him & Her Plants Designs, a new plant event design company for weddings and more! Artisically, John can be found on stage. At the moment he’s producing and directing “Little Shop of Horrors” in Bend, the cult classic musical with a man eating plant. Auditions will be held Feb 3, 2020. Stoked to be chosen as this year’s Oregon Winterfest Fire King, John is sporting the wears of Godrick Gryffindor from house Gryffindor.
Your Ice Queen, Kara Klontz
Kara Klontz is a pursuer of the arts in both her professional and personal life. She has always had a passion for the performing arts, and can often be found onstage in local theatre productions—most recently, performing the role of Carla in Mejaski Choreography’s Nine the Musical, as well as Miss Honey in Thoroughly Modern Productions’ Matilda the Musical. As a lifelong book nerd, Kara had an epiphany in college and realized someone somewhere gets paid to create the artwork for book covers. She set her sights then on becoming a book cover designer, and spent the first five years out of college working for a local book cover design studio. Then, after a short but fun and very “Bend” experience working as the lead graphic designer for Deschutes Brewery, she started her own book cover design business, Kara Klontz Design. She now works with major publishing companies across the country, designing book covers for a wide range of genres—all while working from home with a flexible schedule perfectly suited to take advantage of everything we love that Bend has to offer! Excited to be this year’s Oregon WinterFest Ice Queen, Kara is sporting the wears of Rowena Ravenclaw of house Ravenclaw.