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Don Seabrook | Different venue, same excitement

To be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to covering this year’s Apple Blossom Royalty Selection Pageant. With the third and most challenging location to make photographs in three years, I dreaded the problems I thought I would have taking photographs at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

By the end of the night, it turned out to be one of the best venues to work from yet.

I could move from my seat at the edge of the audience to the front of the stage with ease.

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Dancers for Fabulous Feet Dance Studio perform at the beginning of the 2022 Royalty Selection Pageant Saturday night, Feb. 19, 2022, at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

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Before she became queen, Rianne Salcido is introduced at the beginning of the 2022 Royalty Selection Pageant Saturday night.

The lighting crew did a fabulous job with spot lights and effects so that from the side, the candidates stood out from the background.

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Before being selected as one of the princesses, Ainsley Shearer gives her speech at the 2022 Royalty Selection Pageant Saturday night.

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Ainsley Shearer walks by the audience at the 2022 Royalty Selection Pageant.

And with the audience near the same level as the stage I could see photographs like this one.

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Royalty from other areas attended the 2022 Royalty Selection Pageant Saturday night.

Getting backstage was a breeze, just out the room doors, down the hall, and you’re there.

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Backstage, the Top 10 candidates surprised their escorts with crowns of their own at the 2022 Royalty Selection Pageant Saturday night at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

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Rianne Salcido has a hoop from her dress removed backstage before she was announced as the queen. It had fallen down while she was onstage but was concealed in her dress at the 2022 Royalty Selection Pageant.

I was able to kneel in front of the audience at the edge of the stage to photograph the announcement and the girls’ reactions.

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Rianne Salcido hears her name called as the Washington State Apple Blossom Queen. At left is Brenda Calvillo and at right is Ava Norris. 

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Past Apple Blossom Queen Brooke Perez puts a crown on Rianne Salcido.

And turning around, the parents’ reactions.

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Apple Blossom Queen Rianne Salcido's parents, Malachi and Cathy, react to the announcement of their daughter's reign at the 2022 Royalty Selection Pageant Saturday night.

I’ll try to be more optimistic next time I’m put out of my comfort zone. Sometimes changes can come with benefits.



Don Seabrook: (509)661-5225

seabrook@wenatcheeworld.com

Photo Editor

I was born in Wenatchee, went to Eastmont High School, graduated from the University of Washington with a communications degree in journalism. I have a wife and three children.

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