News from Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival:
Indio, CA – On the evening of November 17, 2018 the Riverside County Fairground’s Fullenwider Building was transformed into a scene out of 1,000 Nights. Ten young ladies from across Riverside County competed for the crowns of Queen Scheherazade, Princess Dunyazade and Princess Jasmine. The Queen & her Court will act as goodwill ambassadors for the 2019 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, February 15-24.
Crowned Queen Scheherazade was Julianna Gaytan. Gaytan attends Desert Mirage High School as a senior, where she’s an accomplished academic, varsity cheer captain and actress with numerous awards. She volunteers at a pregnancy center and hopes to help families through accessible healthcare. Julianna plans on pursuing higher education to earn a degree in biology with a minor in theater.
Christina Marquez, from Cathedral City High School, was crowned Princess Dunyazade. She is a senior and has received several awards and distinctions for community service and academics, including three Golden Lion Awards. She’s very passionate about medicine and interns at a doctor’s office. Christina also volunteers for the Braille Institute, Relay for Life and other community organizations. Marquez’ long term goal is to become a general practitioner.
Crowned Princess Jasmine was Zoe Elders, a senior at Shadow Hills High School. Zoe is an honor roll student and executive officer in her high school’s leadership class. She’s also varsity cheer captain and has competed in world cheer championships. Elders hopes to attend the University of Notre Dame and major in business and economics. We look forward to having them represent the 2019 Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival. Congratulations, ladies!