GILMER — Seven high school students begin competing Monday for the title of “Queen Yam” of the 76th East Texas Yamboree festival, which is expected to draw thousands to this city Oct. 16-19.
The contestants, sponsored by civic organizations, will vie by selling vouchers for tickets to the festival’s coronation/pageant; tickets to its annual Barn Dance; and collectible souvenir “chips” featuring the Yamboree logo. This year’s contest is scheduled from Monday through July 12, which is later in the year than usual.
The candidates and their sponsors include Emily Buettner, Gilmer Lions Club; Macy Elms, Gilmer Rotary Club; Shaylee Fennell, Beta Sigma Phi; Iesha Fluellen, Iris Garden Club; Katelynn Meadows, Kiwanis Club of Gilmer; Karlie White, 20th Century Club; and Melani Williams, Gilmer Bluebonnet Club.
All are students at Gilmer High School except Miss Elms, who attends Harmony High School.
Winner of the sales contest will be crowned at the coronation/pageant during the festival. On the Yamboree’s final night, the annual Barn Dance will feature Cody Canada and The Departed, with Rob Baird scheduled to perform the warm-up act, at the Trinity Street Gym.