Each year Whitefish Winter Carnival celebrates a Royal Court. Candidates are nominated for their outstanding service to Whitefish, and are voted upon by multiple groups across the community. We are thrilled to recognize the many exceptional individuals who make up the Whitefish Winter Carnival Royal Court.

Thank you for all you do!

Joel Pemberton

Joel Pemberton

PRIME MINISTER LXIII

Joel Pemberton was born and raised in the small island town of Anacortes, Washington. Growing up in a small town, Joel’s dream was to have a small community-based business to provide goods and services through long-term relationships. He left Anacortes to attend college in British Columbia where he met his wife, Chantel. After graduation, they married and settled down back in NW Washington, and eventually on Fidalgo Island. Although living in the San Juan Islands was indeed amazing, they were always drawn to the mountains. When they had an opportunity to relocate Joel’s practice as a financial advisor with Edward Jones to Whitefish 10 years ago, they jumped on it. Their three children have been able to grow up on Big Mountain and in Glacier National Park, and they all agree that the move was the best thing they ever did for the family.

Upon arrival in Whitefish, Joel immediately got involved in the Rotary Club of Whitefish. He served as the Local Project Committee Chair for three years and took the lead on the Bakke Nature Preserve Project, along with the City of Whitefish, the Whitefish Community Foundation and other amazing Rotarians. Joel served as President of the Club in 2018-2019 and as Chairman of the RCW Charitable Fund Board in 2019-2021. Joel has also previously served on the Board of Directors for Flathead Industries. Joel and Chantel are regular volunteers at Whitefish Chamber of Commerce events and Whitefish Young Life, serve at their church, and Joel is Chairman of the Board for Absolute Ministries, a new program that helps people break the cycle of rehab.

Joel is passionate about serving his clients at Edward Jones and making an impact in his community. He is also a “ski-junky” - enjoying both skiing and snowboarding as well as XC skiing. In the "off-season" (every season that’s not ski season) he enjoys mountain biking, paddle boarding, hiking, golfing and camping with his family and friends as much as possible

Clare Goble

Clare Goble

DUCHESS OF LARK LXIII

Clare Goble is a Whitefish native, born and raised by her parents Jim and Mary Ellen Goble, who are also both Whitefish born and bred. She enjoys spending time with her two brothers, Malcolm and Owen Goble, who also still reside here in the Flathead Valley. After graduating from Whitefish High School in 1999, Clare attended college at Montana State University in Bozeman where she received a BS in Education. After graduation and a short term teaching job, Clare made the decision to pursue her career in the restaurant industry; a decision made solely because she was not yet ready to give up the ski bum lifestyle.

Clare paid her way in Bozeman by waiting tables and slinging pizzas at MacKenzie River Pizza Company. That job grew into multiple management roles and eventually to her current position at the Glacier Restaurant Group Corporate office as the Director of Training Development.

Clare enjoys time with her long term boyfriend Ryan Brown. Together they enjoy skiing, swimming and all things the Flathead has to offer. Most importantly they love simply spending time with friends and family.

An active member in the community, Clare serves on the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and is also a Regional Manager for multiple restaurants in downtown Whitefish.

The Whitefish Winter Carnival has been near and dear to the Goble family for decades. Year after year, the family has welcomed friends into their home on second street for an open house. A tradition that will only become more meaningful now that Clare has been honored with the title of Duchess of Lark.

Photos by Jill Courtney

2020, 2021 Royalty

Scotty MacLaren

KING ULLR LXI, LXII

Gayle MacLaren

QUEEN OF THE SNOWS

Marcus Duffey

PRIME MINISTER LXI, LXII

Sara Straka

Duchess of Lark

2019 Royalty

King Ullr LX

Paul Coats

KING ULLR LX

Patricia Ryan

QUEEN OF THE SNOWS

Dr. Kanyon Smith

PRIME MINISTER LX

Duchess of Lark

Christine Rossi

Duchess of Lark

2018 Royalty

Paul Johannsen

KING ULLR LIX

Lani Johnson

QUEEN OF THE SNOWS

Jeff Raper

PRIME MINISTER LIX

Stephanie Skinner

Duchess of Lark

2017 Royalty

Ross Strauser

KING ULLR LVIII

Sue Strauser

QUEEN OF THE SNOWS

Nick Spear

PRIME MINISTER LVIII

Renee Olson

Duchess of Lark

2016 Royalty

Ray Boksich

KING ULLR LVII

Jerrie Boksich

QUEEN OF THE SNOWS

Joe Akey

PRIME MINISTER LVII

Brenda Twete

Duchess of Lark

2015 Royalty

Lin Akey

KING ULLR LVI

Anita Welch

QUEEN OF THE SNOWS

Luke Walrath

PRIME MINISTER LVI

Linda Ray

Duchess of Lark

2014 Royalty

Mark Svennungsen

KING ULLR LV

Sue Schenck

QUEEN OF THE SNOWS

John Peschel

PRIME MINISTER LV

Miriam Lewis

DUCHESS OF LARK

2013 Royalty

Harry Brown

KING ULLR LIV

Nancy Brown

QUEEN OF THE SNOWS

Josh Akey

PRIME MINISTER LIV

Alicia Blake

DUCHESS OF LARK

To view all past Carnival Royalty, be sure to visit
the Whitefish Historical Society, located at the Whitefish Train Depot!