Meet Queen Scheherazade & Her Court

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NEW QUEEN SCHEHERAZADE CROWNED

New court to reign as ambassadors of 71st Annual Fair

2017 Queen Scheherazade & Court

Pictured in the photo, from left to right: Princess Dunyazade: Alyssah Moffatt Queen Scheherazade: Ngan Nguyen Princess Jasmine: Maya Jones



On Saturday evening, November 19, 2016, 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.

 

Thirteen 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 2017 court winners are Ngan Nguyen for Queen Scheherazade, Alyssah Moffatt for Princess Dunyazade, and Maya Jones for Princess Jasmine.

 

Crowned Queen Scheherazade was Ngan Nguyen. Ngan is a senior at la Quinta High School. She is involved in many community activities such as a member of Key Club, Knots for Tots, Leo Club and a church member for the choir and reader for Vietnamese mass. Ngan has been on the Honor Roll for three years and won second place in a recent spelling bee. She has aspirations of becoming a pharmacist. Ngan is an immigrant from Vietnam, with English as a second language, and wants to “inspire others to accept challenges by doing something that is beyond their capability”.

 

Alyssah Moffatt, from La Quinta High School, was crowned Princess Dunyazade. She is a senior and last year received an award for Academic Honors. Alyssah is involved with her church, choir, Future Teacher’s Club and Academy of Musical Performance (AMP) Camp. She would like to attend a 4-year university and pursue a Music or Sociology degree.

 

Crowned Princess Jasmine was Maya Jones, also a senior at La Quinta High School. Maya is Rotary Club President and a volunteer peer math tutor. She is involved with National Charity league and wants to attend a 4-year university with the intent of earning her degree in Mathematics so she can teach upper level AP or IB mathematics to high school students.

 

The new Queen and her Court will reign as ambassadors for the 71st 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 17-26, 2017. For more information about the Fair, call 1-800-811-FAIR.


THE LEGEND OF QUEEN SCHEHERAZADE 

Early storytellers of Baghdad say that there was once a jealous king named Shahriyar, who dearly loved his beautiful wife. But, unfortunately, he discovered that she was unfaithful. So he promptly had her beheaded.

The King vowed he would remarry and the morning following his wedding night his bride would be slain.

The task of finding the King a new wife each day was turned over to the Grand Vizier (Chief of Police). It so happened that the Vizier was the father of two of the most beautiful women in the land-Scheherazade and Dunyazade. Shocked at what was happening to her sister citizens, Scheherazade begged her father to take her as a bride to the king. At first the Vizier refused, but Scheherazade argued that eventually her time would come.

And so it was, that the king met “Scheherazade”, a comedian and great storyteller.

On their wedding night Scheherazade started the Tale of 1001 Nights, but she was unable to finish it. She promised to do so the next evening. Intensely interested, the king agreed. However, the next night, Scheherazade again stopped her story as it reached an exciting point. Again, the King agreed to a continuance.

And so it went for 1001 nights, until the King fell deeply in love with Scheherazade and they lived happily ever after.


Former Queen Scheherazades

 

1947 Janet Jackson

Riverside

1982 Bertha Balbastro

Blythe

1948 Janet Anderson

Riverside

1983 Theresa Carmichael

Temecula

1949 Winnie Gavin

Indio

1984 Rachelle Munoz

Indio

1950 Eloda Miller

Riverside

1985 Peggy Foley

Thermal

1951 Sally Pringle

Palm Springs

1986 Stephanie Ann Williams

Temecula

1952 Barbara Overby

Hemet

1987 Lisa Renee Marshall

San Jacinto

1953 Laurett Taylor

Palm Desert

1988 Crystal Starr Brown

Lake Elsinore

1954 Beverly Hill

Corona

1989 Kristi Pyles

Corona

1955 Karen Morton

Palm Desert

1990 Erika Franco

Desert Hot Springs

1956 Jeaniene Cook

Hemet

1991 Norma Lopez

La Quinta

1957 Barbra Duer

Palm Springs

1992 Leanne Hammond

Indio

1958 Sandra Jennings

Riverside

1993 Michelle Leduc

Riverside

1959 Melanie Todd

San Jacinto

1994 Dana Denise Harrell

Indio

1960 Bobbie Keith

Corona

1995 Bianca Reane Figueroa

Blythe

1961 Jayne Stars

Banning

1996 Tanya Holmes

Palm Desert

1962 Linda Strangman

Riverside

1997 Heather McWorter

La Quinta

1963 Vickie Palmer

Palm Springs

1998 Vanessa Ruiz

La Quinta

1964 Susan Fast

Indio

1999 Sarah Young

Indio

1965 Betty Hendrikson

Palm Springs

2000 Valerie Cecilia Arias

Thermal

1966 Paulette Taylor

Riverside

2001 Lynn Snyder

Sky Valley

1967 Cindy Eller

Eagle Mountain

2002 Diana Ramirez

Coachella

1968 Scarlett Huenergardt

Palm Springs

2003 Kymberle Creson

Palm Desert

1969 Donna Kennedy

Coachella

2004 Brooke Akers

Desert Hot Springs

1970 Dianne Rockenberg

Palm Desert

2005 Sierra Hanson

Indio

1971 Linda Benjamin

Norco

2006 Ginger Rae McCartney

Desert Hot Springs

1972 Linda Norris

Blythe

2007 Jessica Walls

Bermuda Dunes

1973 Toni Tuso

Riverside

2008 Desiree Porras

Indio

1974 Debra Morris

Lake Elsinore

2009 Madi DiPietro

Hemet

1975 Tawny Aungst

Norco

2010 Amber Amaya

Indio

1976 Patricia Lynn Norris

Blythe

2011 Anna Acosta

Cathedral City

1977 Katherine Murry

Hemet

2012 Jordana Totman

Palm Desert

1978 Shelli Hayes

Lake Elsinore

2013 Madison Givens

Palm Desert

1979 Julie Jenkins

Blythe

2014 Makenna McIntyre

La Quinta

1980 Sheryl Vancleave

Riverside

2015 Carla Cabrera

Salton City

1981 Anne Apra

La Quinta

2016 Tyler Kelleher 

Beaumont 

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