A royal welcome

Queen Shenandoah Designate Natasha Bure, 16, arrived in Winchester on Wednesday evening to start the festivities for the 88th Apple Blossom Festival this week. Rich Cooley/Daily

WINCHESTER — Being named queen of a festival that celebrates apples is a perfect match for 16-year-old actress, aspiring singer and apple pie fan Natasha Bure, of Los Angeles.

Queen Shenandoah designate of the 88th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, Natasha arrived in Winchester on Wednesday evening excited for a weekend that will include concerts, parades, dances, parties and a Friday night fireworks display that Festival President James “Jim” Douglas called “a must see.”

But for Natasha, Thursday morning’s Apple Pie Baking Contest at Marker-Miller Orchards in Frederick County was likely to take the cake.

“I’m like in love with apple pie,” she said. “It’s my favorite pie ever.”

“I’m just excited that it’s Apple Blossom, ’cause apples are just awesome,” she said.

Queen Shenandoah Designate Natasha Bure, 16, answers questions Wednesday evening to start the festivities for the 88th Apple Blossom Festival this week in Winchester. Rich Cooley/Daily

The daughter of Russian born retired NHL hockey player Valeri Bure and actress Candace Cameron Bure, of “Full House” fame, Natasha has dabbled in acting but said she’s more interested in pursuing a music career.

“Music is my main focus,” she said. “Pretty much, it’s all that I think about.”

A fan of the mellow, laid-back songs of singers like Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift, she sometimes showcases her vocal talent on a YouTube channel she hosts for girls to come to hear about beauty, fashion and music.

“It’s kind of a little girlfriend corner where you can come and hang out and chill and listen,” she said.

“Full House,” still in syndication 20 years after the show ended, has also had an impact on Natasha’s life and she said she’s excited for the forthcoming series reboot called “Fuller House.” A similar premise as the original, the new series is set to star Bure reprising her role of Donna Jo “D.J.” Tanner, now a widowed mother named D.J. Tanner-Fuller, who asks best friend Kimmy and younger sister Stephanie to help her raise her children.

“I’m so excited,” Natasha said. “When I heard about it I was kind of freaking out. I just think it’s super awesome.”

A fan of the original, Natasha said she’s seen every episode and will tune in sometimes if there’s nothing else on TV.

“It’s a really good show and you can watch it with your whole family, which is awesome,” she said.

Excited for the idea of visiting her mother on the set of the new show, Natasha said she has few plans for pursuing acting herself.

A high school junior who studies theater, plays tennis for her school team and recently earned her driver’s license, Natasha said she’s more intent on touring colleges and determining what she might want her major to be.

Planning to wear a long, flowing white boat-necked gown for her coronation on Friday, Natasha said she plans to follow her mother’s advice and be herself.

“Be elegant, be poised, be yourself,” she remembered her mother telling her. It’s the same sort of advice she said she would give to other girls pursuing a career in the limelight.

“I think originality is the most important thing,” Natasha said. “It’s okay to be different.”

Contact staff writer Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com