Washington State Apple Blossom Junior Royalty for 2021 are from left: Princess Morgan Neuenschwander, daughter of Stephan and Kristin Neuenschwander, Wenatchee; Queen Eve Hunter, daughter of Nigel and Nicole Hunter, East Wenatchee; and Princess Maxine Mathison, daughter of West and Courtney Mathison, Wenatchee. Morgan attends Washington Elementary School. Eve and Maxine are students at River Academy. The fifth-grade girls were chosen by a panel of educators from two essays they wrote. There were 62 candidates this year. They will attend some Apple Blossom events with the older royalty including the Stemilt and Keyes Fibre Community Parade on June 12.

Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Administrator Darci Christoferson temporarily gathers cutouts of sponsors in the seats at the Performing Arts Center on Friday. She had learned earlier that the region's move Phase 2 in the state's re-opening plan will allow for some public seating at the Royalty Selection Pageant on Feb. 27. Seating will be limited to 100 people with 60 of those given to the 10 candidates for their friends and family. She said she will put the cutouts back in seats, leaving social distancing room for ticket holders. To learn more about the Top 10 finalists, look for a Meet the Candidates page in next Tuesday's paper. 

The 2021 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival top ten royalty candidates were announced at the Numerica Performing Arts Center Tuesday night.

They are — (E) from Eastmont and (W) from Wenatchee — from left to right: 

Front row: Kaylynn Schmitten (E), daughter of Brent and Angela Schmitten; Olga Murillo (E), daughter of Ismael Murillo and Margarita Rodriguez; and Brooke Perez (E), daughter of Luis and Sundi Perez. Middle row: Libby Gallaher (E), daughter of Bob and Michelle Gallaher; Tatum Kentnor (W), daughter of Todd Kentnor and Tracy Trotter; Kamryn Fowler (W), daughter of Steve and Melissa Fowler; and Kody Richards (W), daughter of Gregg and Faith Richards. And back row: Sophia Hernandez (W), daughter of Miguel and Ana Hernandez; Olivia Fonville (E), daughter of Jason and Shelley Fonville; and Alex Toth (W), daughter of Andrew and Connie Toth.

What an amazing year for World's Best! This competition has never been as competitive as it was for 2021! The community known competition saw more than 13,000 nominations in round 1 which made up more than 2,300 businesses, people, and places across our community.

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