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Friends and family congratulate Washington State Apple Blossom royalty candidates after they were chosen Wednesday night at the Performing Arts Center including Gabe Mercer with her back to the camera.

Friends and family congratulate Washington State Apple Blossom royalty candidates after they were chosen Wednesday night at the Performing Arts Center including Gabe Mercer with her back to the camera.

The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Royalty Top 10 were announced Wednesday night at the Performing Arts Center. Candidates with (E) are from Eastmont High School, those with a (W) are from Wenatchee High School, and those with an (R) are from The River Academy. In the front row from left: Katie Hoag (E), daughter of Steve and Patti Hoag, Emily Millard (R), daughter of Gary and Ingrid Millard, Lupe Martinez (W), daughter of Gabriel and Velinda Martinez, Nikara Morgan (W), daughter of Paddy Blessing and Jeremy Morgan, Amber Frodsham (E), daughter of Steven and Tiffany Frodsham. Back row from left: Olivia Janney (E), daughter of John and Colette Janney, Gabe Mercer (W), daughter of Greg and Jaye Mercer, Roslyn Thompson (W), daughter of Bil and Angell Thompson, Caroline Dahl (W), daughter of Dr. Jim & Brenda Dahl, and Madison Ransford (E), daughter of Peter and Dana Ransford. Tickets for this year's royalty pageant on Sat., Feb. 8, go on sale Mon., Jan. 13, at 9a.m. at the Festival office or online at www.appleblossom.org.

The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Royalty Top 10 were announced Wednesday night at the Performing Arts Center. Candidates with (E) are from Eastmont High School, those with a (W) are from Wenatchee High School, and those with an (R) are from The River Academy. In the front row from left: Katie Hoag (E), daughter of Steve and Patti Hoag, Emily Millard (R), daughter of Gary and Ingrid Millard, Lupe Martinez (W), daughter of Gabriel and Velinda Martinez, Nikara Morgan (W), daughter of Paddy Blessing and Jeremy Morgan, Amber Frodsham (E), daughter of Steven and Tiffany Frodsham. Back row from left: Olivia Janney (E), daughter of John and Colette Janney, Gabe Mercer (W), daughter of Greg and Jaye Mercer, Roslyn Thompson (W), daughter of Bil and Angell Thompson, Caroline Dahl (W), daughter of Dr. Jim & Brenda Dahl, and Madison Ransford (E), daughter of Peter and Dana Ransford. Tickets for this year's royalty pageant on Sat., Feb. 8, go on sale Mon., Jan. 13, at 9a.m. at the Festival office or online at www.appleblossom.org.

In the dressing room before they came on stage, Apple Blossom royalty candidates play a dancing game on Wednesday night.

In the dressing room before they came on stage, Apple Blossom royalty candidates play a dancing game on Wednesday night.

Candidates walk through a curtain and onto the stage after their names are announced Wednesday night.

Candidates walk through a curtain and onto the stage after their names are announced Wednesday night.