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Tree-house-building motorcycle rider joins Mountain Festival Court

Molly Izer is not a typical 10-year-old.by: POST PHOTO: NEIL ZAWICKI - Ten-Year-Old Molly Izer is at home on a motorcycle or in a tree as she is in a formal gown in a parade. She’s built two tree houses with her older brother, Kaymen; she rides a Honda 80 motorcycle and plans to become a veterinarian. In fact, she runs a veterinary clinic in her basement.

“We have brochures, too,” she said with pride.

Molly also plays softball, and had one of her front teeth knocked out playing in a game the same week she learned she’d been selected as a princess in the Mountain Festival Court.

“Being a princess is completely out of her wheelhouse,” said her mother, Elyse Izer. “But she’s loving it. She’s kind of a ham anyway. But when she was nominated, I was thinking, she rides motorcycles, she skis, she just lost a tooth, how is it that we have a princess?”

“Yeah, I went from motorcycling to a coronation, so it was kind of surprising,” Molly said.

The youngest of the 2013 Sandy Mountain Festival 5-Generation Court, Molly joins Queen Patricia Schmautz, First Princess Jaye Tyler, Second Princess Dawn Loomis and Third Princess Madison Schmautz.

Climbing trees in the yard before her softball game, Molly talks more about her pet rat, Rattish, and her dog and cat, Titus and Luna, than she does the business of being a Mountain Festival princess.

Still, she’s honored and excited, and she picked out a blue dress with white polka dots for the parade, scheduled for Thursday, July 11, on Sandy’s Pioneer Boulevard. Asked her official title, she gives a proper answer:

“Um, princess number four?” she replied.

Molly’s escort in the parade will be her dad, David, a lifelong Sandy resident. She’s given him the name “Sir Build-A-Bear.”

“I have chosen this name because my dad has his own company called Buildstrong Construction and my dad can make anything,” she said. “He even made me a really cool fort in my room above my bed.”

Beyond her adventurous ways, Molly is active in the community. She’s class president at Sandy Grade School, and raises money for the American Heart Association through Jump Rope for Heart.

All things considered, it sounds like “princess number four” is very much qualified as a Mountain Festival princess.