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Meet the 2019 Royal Court — and find them at OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest and pre-Oregon WinterFest activities!

The WinterFest Fire King and Ice Queen are crowned each year because of the good they do in the 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 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!

Fire King – John Flannery

John Flannery has been a man in motion navigating the treacherous terrain of traffic and the ebb and flow of Bend’s roundabouts for 20 years running. He has piloted everything from pedicabs, grease-mobiles and shuttles to segways, Cycle Rounds and eCruiser cars all around town. He is a realtor with Stellar Realty NW and partner at the Bend Tour Company that loves checking out rocket launches, supporting local arts, central oregon culture and cranking out 22 and a 1/2 laps on various contraptions (9 and counting) in the Flaming Chicken roundabout. He is honored to be chosen as these years Fire King and for many years has dreamed of officially taking the seat of honor in the fire throne.

Ice Queen –  Amanda Gow

Amanda Gow is the VP of Business Development for Guardian Group, a local non-profit who’s mission is to prevent and disrupt trafficking of women and children while enabling partners to identify victims and predators in the United States. Amanda has spent the past decade working locally with several agencies to support vulnerable populations of young people. This work led her to pursue a role with an agency that is working to stop the trafficking of children locally and nationally.
When not working Amanda can be found running the trails around Central Oregon, spending time with her family or traveling the world in search of adventure.
Last year a child at Boys & Girls Club asked Amanda if she is friends with Elsa (since Amanda was also the 2018 Ice Queen) and Amanda is hopeful that one of her adventures will lead her to find Elsa and Anna because she wouldn’t mind getting to know those ladies better.

Ice Princesses & Fire Princes

Tressa Shuttleworth

Tressa Shuttleworth is a Sales Associate at Kendall Toyota of Bend.  She is passionate about her career and building lasting relationships with her clients and the community. What she enjoys most about her work is seeing the joy it brings her clients when they are able to buy their dream car, something that they’ve worked so hard to do.
Outside of showing customers how to use those toasty heated seats and heated steering wheels, Tressa is active in the community assisting with fundraising events for several non-profit organizations. The sense of community here in Central Oregon is what makes this place feel like home.
Credit: Trail Song Photography

Cheryl Howard

Cheryl Howard is a Program Manager with the City of Bend, coordinating Events and the Volunteer program. She is passionate about building community and social capital through a vast array of opportunities and events throughout the year.
When not freezing with Olaf and Sven in the winter tundra of Central Oregon, she can be found thawing out while adventuring remote deserts worldwide.

Ky Dobson

Ky Dobson is the owner and operator of NWESCAPEONWHEELS, and Ole Pappy’s Trapper Cabin, which is the first Mobile Escape Room in the PNW! When not away at an on-site event you can find it next to Spoken Moto in the Box Factory. He is also a guide for the Bend Tour Company. Getting the opportunity to promote, share and celebrate this beautiful town we get to call home is truly a blessing! Although he thinks that being a Ginger and being a “Fire Prince” is a little bit of type casting, he’s stoked to be part of such a fun tradition.

Dalton Charest

Dalton Charest has lived his life as an intrepid traveler who’s home has always been the road. He crash landed here in Bend after guiding international student travel trips around the globe and has finally began to create some roots within our dynamic community. As a freelance writer and regular contributor to Bend Magazine, Dalton has a penchant for adventure, live music and taco salsa midnight visits all wrapped up into one giant Oregon burrito. When he’s not serving on the Fire King’s round table driving the royal cycle pub downtown in exchange for shekels, he can be found doing hot laps on Mt. Bachelor’s famous cinder cone in the early morning hours, mountain biking through our giant trail system when he’s feeling dirty or writing about his many misadventures while sucking down an espresso at Crow’s Feet Commons. He proudly accepts his anointment as a crown prince of this years Fire King, Sir John Flannery.

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