New Queen Scheherazade Crowned
New court to reign as ambassadors of 70th Annual Fair
The last Saturday evening, November 21, 2015, the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival held the Queen Scheherazade Scholarship Pageant at the Fairgrounds in Indio. The Fullenwider Auditorium was transformed into a scene out of the 1001 Arabian Nights, as three young women were chosen to represent the Fair as the Queen and her Court.
Fourteen young ladies competed for their chance to be crowned queen; scholarship amounts range from $3,000 to $3,500. The ladies were previously interviewed by judges in an elimination round in October and during the Pageant gave a speech in business attire, answered questions in evening gowns and in traditional Arabian costumes. The 2016 court winners are Tyler Kelleher for Queen Scheherazade, Vanessa Gaytán for Princess Dunyazade, and Selena Andrews for Princess Jasmine.
Tyler is a senior at Beaumont High School, where she is her Senior Class Representative. She is the founder of Best Buddies, a program which focuses on creating relationships with people with disabilities. She is also heavily involved with Link Crew, a peer mentoring program for freshman in High School. Vanessa is a senior at Desert Mirage High School, where she maintains a 3.9 GPA, and is ranked 1st in her class. In college, she plans on studying biochemistry. She aspires to pursue a career in serving others. Selena is a senior at Indio High School and has a passion for music and performance art. She intends to pursue a career in the music industry where she plans to write and record her own compositions. She also plans to incorporate her love of music and performance art into helping children.
The new Queen and her Court will reign as ambassadors for the 70th Annual Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, their duties will include promoting the Fair at various City Council meetings, parades and other special appearances leading up to the Fair, February 12-21, 2016. For more information about the Fair, call 1-800-811-FAIR.