Apple Blossom Festival queen designate is Ahna Cameron

Ahna Cameron

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival’s 2016 Queen Shenandoah designate, Ahna Cameron, will take her cousin’s place on the Gold Apple Throne.

Ahna, 17, is the daughter of acting couple Kirk Cameron and Chelsea Noble, who were co-stars on “Growing Pains.” Ahna lives in southern California with her family and attends Trinity Pacific Christian School. According to a news release, she recently gave up competitive track to focus her efforts on studying so that she can pursue a nursing degree.

Ahna’s family is full of familiar names to the festival. In 2004, her father was the featured speaker at the Prayer Brunch. Ahna’s cousin Natasha Bure served as last year’s Queen Shenandoah, and Ahna said in the release that Natasha had shared memories and photos of the event with her.

John Rosenberger, executive director of the festival, said those family connections have been a festival tradition for years. He said a number of Ahna’s family may be in attendance to support her.

“I believe the connection really came because Kirk Cameron and Candace Cameron’s sister left California and moved into Northern Virginia. She was here with Natasha last year and they all fell in love with Winchester and with the festival,” he said. “It’s sort of a chance for a family reunion for them.”

Kay Bolliger, co-chair of the celebrity committee, said she had spoken with Ahna over the phone about attending the festival.

“She’s just delightful, she’s so warm and personable and just relaxed,” she said. “She’s so excited about doing this.”

A news release relayed Ahna’s interests in reading and travel with her father’s ministry efforts, as well as her enthusiasm for the role of queen.

“I love to bake and one of my ultimate favorites is the apple pie,” she stated in the release. “I haven’t quite gotten the hang of making the classic dessert, but I’m excited to try and sneak some tips from the pros at the Festival.”

Bolliger said the Camerons have been popular guests and a great fit for the festival.

“They are role models for family values and we admire that – that’s important to us,” she said. “They have just been so cooperative and so wonderful in making it work for us.”

The queen has a busy schedule of commitments for the festival: she’ll attend the Queen’s Dinner on April 28, her coronation will be at 1:30 p.m. April 29 before the Queen’s Ball that evening, and she will ride on her float in the Grand Feature Parade on April 30.

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