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In February of every year, the Riverside County Fairgrounds is transformed into the home of Southern California’s greatest annual winter event. World famous for its uniqueness, the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival  is one of the largest single events in the Greater Palm Springs area.  The Queen Scheherazade Scholarship Pageant is at the heart of this world renowned Festival, which also serves as the County Fair. This well-known scholarship pageant is not part of any pageant franchise (i.e., “Miss America,” “Jr. Miss,” etc.) and does not feature a talent or swimsuit competition.

One queen and two princesses make up the “court” for the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival.  The highly visible court acts as the goodwill ambassadors for this event and makes many public promotional appearances during the year-long reign.  Queen Scheherazade and her court must be poised, congenial, relaxed with the public and eager to represent the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival and Riverside County.  Many of our former queens have gone on to successful business and professional careers and have referred to their experience on the court as a time that taught them public speaking skills and developed their confidence to achieve.

During the year-long commitment, the weeks leading up to the Fair are extremely busy and demanding for the queen and her court with parades, radio and television interviews and public appearances.  For the actual ten (10) days of the Fair, the court is chaperoned at all times (during the scheduled hours of duty).  Although the responsibilities of being Queen Scheherazade or a member of her court are many and the hours long, the memories will last a lifetime.


Scholarship Amounts
Queen Scheherazade - $3,500
Princess Dunyazade - $3,000
Princess Jasmine - $3,000


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