GILMER--The ticket-selling contest for the title of "Queen Yam" of this October's 77th annual East Texas Yamboree opened Monday and runs through June 20.
Seven high school girls, representing local civic clubs, are selling $15 vouchers for the Queen's Coronation/Pageant at the Gilmer Civic Center, $20 tickets to the annual Yamboree Barn Dance at the Trinity Street Gym, and $10 Yamboree souvenir chips.
They and their sponsoring clubs include Bayley Noel LeGrande, Beta Sigma Phi; Savanna Nicole Jenkins, Bluebonnet Club; Erica Shavon Wesley, Iris Garden Club; Peyton Nicole Carter, Kiwanis Club of Gilmer; Jaden Brook Green, Gilmer Lions Club; Lauren Haylee Jones, Gilmer Rotary Club; and Alexis Marie Williams, 20th Century Club.
This year's Yamboree, which annually draws thousands to this Upshur County city, is scheduled Oct. 15-18.
Coronation vouchers will be turned in when the buyer purchases reserved seat tickets. Reserved tickets will be $10 for auditorium and $5 for retractable seats with voucher, or $25 for auditorium and $20 for retractable without vouchers.
The coronation/pageant will be performed on two nights, Oct. 15 and 16, while the barn dance is set Oct. 18.