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NEW QUEEN SCHEHERAZADE CROWNED
New court to reign as ambassadors of 74th Annual Fair

Pictured in the photo, from left to right:

Princess Dunyazade: Alexandria Gooray, Queen Scheherazade: Kayley Serrano, Princess Jasmine: Analise Ortega

 

Indio, CAOn the evening of November 23, 2019 the Riverside County Fairground’s Taj Mahal Building was transformed into a scene out of 1,001 Arabian Nights. The coronation process began six weeks ago with 41 contestants from across Riverside County vying for scholarship money.  Judges narrowed it down to twelve talented and accomplished young ladies that competed in three question and answer rounds for the crowns of Queen Scheherazade, Princess Dunyazade and Princess Jasmine. Queen Scheherazade receives a $3,500 scholarship to the school of her choice, while each princess receives $2,000.  The Queen & her Court will act as goodwill ambassadors for the 2020 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival that runs February 14-23.

 

Crowned Queen Scheherazade was Kayley Serrano.  Serrano is an alumni of La Quinta High School and Riverside Community College, and is currently a junior at California State University San Bernardino.  Her major is Communication – Mass Media.  Kayley plans on pursuing a career as a news broadcaster here in the Coachella Valley. In 2016 & 2017, Kayley competed at the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival’s Magic Carpet Music Scholarship Competition in the vocal category, winning both times.
 

Alexandria Gooray is a senior at Centennial High School in Corona.  She has over 950 hours of community service with Maranatha International, Key Club and International Baccalaureate.  She is a national competitor for Future Business Leaders of America and captain of her school’s swim team. 
 

Crowned Princess Jasmine was Analise Ortega who is a senior at Shadow Hills High School in Indio.  Analise volunteers in the community and serves as her school’s class president. She is also captain of her school’s varsity soccer team.  
 

We look forward to having them represent the 2020 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival. Congratulations, ladies!

 

2020 Appearances:

Thursday, January 9

1:30 pm

Fair Board Meeting

Wednesday, January 15

Noon

Coachella Valley Rotary Club @ Sloan’s

5:00 pm

Indio City Council Meeting

Tuesday, January 21

6:45 am

Indio Sunrise Rotary Club Meeting @ Heritage Palms

4:00 pm

La Quinta City Council Meeting

Thursday, January 23

4:00 pm

Palm Desert City Council Meeting

Thursday, February 6

1:00 pm

Rancho Mirage City Council Meeting

 

5:30 pm

Jurupa City Council Meeting

Friday, February 7

9:00 am

YMCA Preschool in La Quinta

Tuesday, February 11

11:45 am

Indio Rotary Club @ Fantasy Springs Resort Casino

 

 

 


 

 

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

1984 Rachelle Munoz

Indio

1948 Janet Anderson

Riverside

1985 Peggy Foley

Thermal

1949 Winnie Gavin

Indio

1986 Stephanie Ann Williams

Temecula

1950 Eloda Miller

Riverside

1987 Lisa Renee Marshall

San Jacinto

1951 Sally Pringle

Palm Springs

1988 Crystal Starr Brown

Lake Elsinore

1952 Barbara Overby

Hemet

1989 Kristi Pyles

Corona

1953 Laurett Taylor

Palm Desert

1990 Erika Franco

Desert Hot Springs

1954 Beverly Hill

Corona

1991 Norma Lopez

La Quinta

1955 Karen Morton

Palm Desert

1992 Leanne Hammond

Indio

1956 Jeaniene Cook

Hemet

1993 Michelle Leduc

Riverside

1957 Barbra Duer

Palm Springs

1994 Dana Denise Harrell

Indio

1958 Sandra Jennings

Riverside

1995 Bianca Reane Figueroa

Blythe

1959 Melanie Todd

San Jacinto

1996 Tanya Holmes

Palm Desert

1960 Bobbie Keith

Corona

1997 Heather McWorter

La Quinta

1961 Jayne Stars

Banning

1998 Vanessa Ruiz

La Quinta

1962 Linda Strangman

Riverside

1999 Sarah Young

Indio

1963 Vickie Palmer

Palm Springs

2000 Valerie Cecilia Arias

Thermal

1964 Susan Fast

Indio

2001 Lynn Snyder

Sky Valley

1965 Betty Hendrikson

Palm Springs

2002 Diana Ramirez

Coachella

1966 Paulette Taylor

Riverside

2003 Kymberle Creson

Palm Desert

1967 Cindy Eller

Eagle Mountain

2004 Brooke Akers

Desert Hot Springs

1968 Scarlett Huenergardt

Palm Springs

2005 Sierra Hanson

Indio

1969 Donna Kennedy

Coachella

2006 Ginger Rae McCartney

Desert Hot Springs

1970 Dianne Rockenberg

Palm Desert

2007 Jessica Walls

Bermuda Dunes

1971 Linda Benjamin

Norco

2008 Desiree Porras

Indio

1972 Linda Norris

Blythe

2009 Madi DiPietro

Hemet

1973 Toni Tuso

Riverside

2010 Amber Amaya

Indio

1974 Debra Morris

Lake Elsinore

2011 Anna Acosta

Cathedral City

1975 Tawny Aungst

Norco

2012 Jordana Totman

Palm Desert

1976 Patricia Lynn Norris

Blythe

2013 Madison Givens

Palm Desert

1977 Katherine Murry

Hemet

2014 Makenna McIntyre

La Quinta

1978 Shelli Hayes

Lake Elsinore

2015 Carla Cabrera

Salton City

1979 Julie Jenkins

Blythe

2016 Tyler Kelleher 

Beaumont

1980 Sheryl Vancleave

Riverside

2017 Ngan Nguyen

La Quinta

1981 Anne Apra

La Quinta

2018 Keanna Garcia

Palm Desert

1982 Bertha Balbastro

Blythe

2019 Julianna Gaytan

Thermal

1983 Theresa Carmichael  

Temecula

 

 

   

 

 

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