Apple Blossom Festival names Bure as queen
Natasha Bure will be Queen Shenandoah LLXXXVIII for this year’s Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, which will be held April 24-May 3 in Winchester.
Natasha, 16, the daughter of NHL hockey star Valeri Bure and actress, Candace Cameron Bure, who starred in the TV show “Full House,” grew up in south Florida and is a singer/songwriter, model, commercial actor and YouTuber, according to a news release. Her hobbies and interests include singing, tennis, dancing, baking, cooking, shopping and youth group events. She is also a fan of apple pie.
Her uncle, actor Kirk Cameron of “Growing Pains” fame, was the featured speaker at the festival’s Prayer Brunch in 2004.
John Rosenberg, festival executive director, said he and his organization are “very excited” to have Natasha serve as queen. He said the festival offers good practice for young women who come from show business families and are looking at a shot of fame themselves.
“She’s interested in show business and her family supports her in her interest, so that’s a plus,” Rosenberg said. “She’s somebody who’s not shy about getting up and speaking … you’re never sure who you’re going to get, but it’s a plus when they’re interested in show business.”
Rosenberg said Natasha’s appearance reminds him of when Joan Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, served as queen years ago.
“They interviewed Joan and she said Melissa was interested in show business,” he said. “They thought coming here and being the center of attention and making all the appearances would be good. This girl would seem to fit the same mold.”
While he was not in on the selection process, Rosenberg said the festival organizers usually approach women who show an interest.
“It was based on some past histories with relationships we have with famous families in California,” he said. “I believe this came together some time back … this was suggested to us that this young lady would like to do this and her family was supportive.”
Winchester and the festival are a great venue for blossoming celebrities to cut their teeth on fame, Rosenberg said.
“It’s certainly a good start for someone who’s not already a child star but who has aspiration,” he said. “They’re going to get more intense attention at this festival … I can’t think of another place they’d get that intense of attention for four, five or six days.”
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