White reigns as this year’s queen

After nearly a year of proudly wearing a sash and crown atop her cowboy hat, Shelby White said she’s had a fun reign and is saddened that it’s nearing an end.

OKANOGAN – After nearly a year of proudly wearing a sash and crown atop her cowboy hat, Shelby White said she’s had a fun reign and is saddened that it’s nearing an end.

“When my reign as Okanogan County Fair queen 2018 is over, it is going to be hard to hand over my crown,” White said. “I want to try out for other royalty titles after my reign is over.”

White, a 16-year-old junior at Liberty Bell High School, said she has been a participant of the Okanogan County Fair for the past 11 years and showed pigs and beef. She has been raising animals for the fair since she was six years old.

She also serves as president of the Methow Valley Cascader 4-H club and has a love for pigs. Aside from representing the fair, White enjoys spending time with her family, skiing, boating, wrestling and riding her horse.

As the 2018 Okanogan County Fair queen, White traveled to parades, rodeos and schools around the region.

“I have been traveling to many amazing events, and have gotten to meet so many amazing people,” she said.

“There haven’t really been any challenges during my reign as queen,” she said. “I have received so much support from my mom and many other amazing people.

“The most exciting, fun time during my reign, had to be when I was invited to Hell on Hooves bull riding event in Wenatchee,” she said. “I received free tickets for my family and I, and I got to speak over the loudspeaker about my reign as queen.”

White will graduate from Liberty Bell High School in 2020 and is attending Running Start through Wenatchee Valley College at Omak.

“I plan to transfer to the University of Washington and would love to study to be a surgeon, although I don’t know what type of surgeon I would like to be.”

White is the daughter of Tom and Erin White.

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