Thomas recalls past year as first-ever Fathoms king

Fathoms King Aaron Thomas will end his reign Saturday as the first-ever king to server of the Royal Court. - Courtesy Photo of DeFord Photography
Fathoms King Aaron Thomas will end his reign Saturday as the first-ever king to server of the Royal Court.
— image credit: Courtesy Photo of DeFord Photography

Last March, Aaron Thomas made history when he was chosen to serve as the first-ever king of Fathoms o’ Fun.

But his reign will end Saturday.

Thomas, an 18-year-old Peninsula High School senior, said the experience as king was “huge and eye-opening.”

“It was eye-opening in so many ways,” he said. “Meeting so many people all other courts and the mayor. The events were amazing. It didn’t matter what was going on, we were having a good time.”

Being the king meant spending hours at Fathoms and community events, as well as appearing in parades in and outside Kitsap County.

“It was well worth every second of it,” Thomas said.

Thomas, along with Princesses Alyssa Josephen and Delaney Triplett, and Ambassador Joanna Aquino, spent hundreds of hours serving as the Royal Court.

He recalls a time when the court had a long day and was tired.

“A few of us broke down and took a picture of us in a group hug,” Thomas said. “We were there for each other.”

Before becoming king, Thomas knew of the girls, but not personally.

“The friendships with the girls will be something I keep with me for a very, very long time,” he said. “We’re like family now with everything we have done and have been able to do this past year.”

Helene Jensen, Fathoms royalty director, said Thomas was delightful to work with.

“He was always willing to help out and be a gentleman to all of us ladies,” said Jensen. “He watched out for the young ladies on the court as if he was their big brother.”

Thomas said serving as Fathoms king helped his public speaking skills.

“It helped me to become more of a young adult, because I was around a lot of people,” said Thomas. “You have to be approachable and you have to be able to approach those people. Just talk to them. They are human like we are.”

He recalls many memorable moments, but one of his favorite was before a parade last year in Marysville, when a man, dressed as a pirate, picked him up and hoisted him up in the air for a photograph.

“After that, we went into the middle of the street before the parade started and had a huge dance party,” said Thomas. “It was fun to watch everybody around us laughing and taking pictures of all the courts dancing together before the parade.”

Thomas said he would recommend more boys entering the Fathoms pageant.

“People think pageants are for girls and the word ‘pageant’ makes them think that,” he said. “More guys could get in to compete and help represent the community. The whole point of the court is to have a younger-age group who are helping to represent their community. I feel there are young men and women who can do that.”

After he graduates in June, Thomas plans to attend a flight school and earn his airline transport pilot license within 12-15 months. Thomas wants to fly regional jets throughout the western U.S. until he can become a corporate jet pilot.

“We have looked at several flight schools and colleges,” Thomas added.

He is the son of Mark and Tonya Traylor.


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