Queen Rachel vows ‘good, gracious’ reign

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Posted: May 4, 2013

The Winchester Star

Rachel Lynn Matthews is crowned Queen Shenandoah LXXXVI by her father Brian Matthews during the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Coronation on Friday. Rachel's mother Leslie Landon Matthews observes the ceremony. She was the queen of the 1980 festival. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Queen Rachel knights “Duck Dynasty” star Jep Roberston during the ceremony. His wife Jessica (right) is also now Apple Blossom royalty.
Brian Matthews escorts his daughter, Queen-designate Shenandoah LXXXVI Rachel Lynn Matthews, to the stage Friday afternoon during her Coronation ceremony in the Patsy Cline Theatre at Handley High School. Rachel’s train bearers are William Martin (from left), William McKay and Jayden Smith. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Leslie Landon Matthews, mother of Queen Shenandoah LXXXVI Rachel Lynn Matthews, sported pink-and-green bows on her wheelchair during her daughter's Coronation. She recently underwent foot surgery.
Members of the Handley Singers perform as part of the Royal Command Performance for the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah LXXXVI Rachel Lynn Matthews.

WINCHESTER — Rachel Lynn Matthews promised to be good and gracious before receiving her crown as Queen Shenandoah LXXXVI on Friday.

Onlookers cheered loudly at Brian Matthews’ request just before he…

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