White crowned 2018 Okanogan County Fair Queen

2017 Okanogan County Fair Queen Cora Diehl passes the crown new queen Shelby White Sunday at the Okanogan County Fair.

OKANOGAN – Shelby White was all smiles as 2017 Okanogan County Fair Queen Cora Diehl placed a crown atop her head.

White, a 15-year-old sophomore from Liberty Bell High School, was named the 2018 Okanogan County Fair queen during a crowing ceremony Sunday at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds.

“I’m so excited I’m going to start crying,” White said moments after being crowned. “I’m so excited for 2018.”

White was among Shiann McCallum and Samantha Whitney both of Tonasket, and Jennah Thomason of Omak, seeking the crown.

Emcee Brian Bowes said anyone of the candidates would have been “fantastic.”

Every since White was a little girl, she said she’s dreamed of being a queen and representing the fair.

“I’ve lived in the Methow Valley for my whole life,” she said. “I’ve been coming to the fair every year since I can remember.”

“Looking up at them (fair queens) as a little girl…I was just like, ‘Wow, I wish I could be that.’”

White was also awarded for the best speech during the ceremony. She is the daughter of Tom and Erin White.

McCallum, the daughter of Jim McCallum and Shawna Appel, is a 16-year-old junior at Tonasket High School. She received the congeniality award.

Thomason is a 15-year-old sophomore at Omak High School, was awarded for most fair spirit. She is the daughter Melissa and Joe Thomason.

Whitney, a 17-year-old senior at Tonasket High School, was named most photogenic. She is the daughter of Brian and Sherry Whitney.

White will spend the next year representing the fair at various parades, fairs, rodeos and festivals.

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