A queen will be crowned during the 110th annual Regatta Queen Ambassadors Coronation, held in Astoria's Liberty Theater at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The coronation will mark the beginning of five days of food and festivities celebrating Astoria's maritime tradition and will feature speeches from the four women chosen as 2004 Regatta Young Ambassadors.

Throughout the year, the ambassadors have represented the Regatta and the North Coast at various regional festivals and parades, including parades in Washington and the Portland Starlight Parade. Joined by 2003 ambassadors Kristina Johnson and Addison Rutter, and court chaperones Lisa and David Reid, the 2004 ambassadors have been active in sharing Astoria's unique cultures and traditions with neighboring communities.

Along with each ambassador's speech on an aspect of Lewis and Clark, this year's coronation with feature the farewell speeches of the 2003 co-ambassadors, Regatta President Colin Moore, and a presentation from 2004 Regatta Admiral David Lum. 2004 Miss Oregon Brook Roberts will provide featured entertainment.

The 2004 court ambassadors are Tawny Bronson of Knappa, Tarah Lynne Wesely of Astoria, Amber Hayward of Warrenton and Elise Balensifer of Warrenton.

Admission to the coronation is included with the $3 purchase of a 2004 Astoria Regatta pin, which can be found in area businesses. The pins will also serve as admission to various other Regatta events, including the street dance, Regatta Square and the beer garden.


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