Search for a 2008 SnowFest! Queen kicks off |

Search for a 2008 SnowFest! Queen kicks off

Andrew Cristancho
Sierra Sun

The Tahoe-Truckee region’s 10-day winter carnival is still three months away, but organizers have already started raising funds with the search for queen candidates.

Executive Director Ruth Schnabel of Snow Fest! of North Lake Tahoe and Truckee said interested parties should start selling raffle tickets to support the Queen Contest, the carnival’s largest fundraiser aside from corporate sponsorship.

“Any local nonprofit can sponsor a Queen Candidate,” Schnabel said in a news release. “In order to qualify, the organization must sponsor a girl who lives and attends high school in the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee area, which encompasses Truckee, Incline Village, North Shore, West Shore and the Truckee River Corridor.”

The candidate and nonprofit group supporting her sell raffle tickets, with half of the money going to the sponsor organization and the other half to Snow Fest!, Schnabel said.

A portion of the festival’s cut pays for the raffle tickets, which cost $1,000 to print 20,000, and scholarships given to all queen candidates, said the executive director.

Schnabel said five candidates competed for this year’s title, with the queen winning $500 and the others $100 each. The Snow Fest! Queen fundraiser raised $14,819 this year, Schnabel said.

The Queen candidates not only sell raffle tickets but compete in a series of activities including interviews and writing essays.

“Last year a couple of the candidates came up to me and said that this was the best thing they had ever done in their lives,” said Schnabel in the release. “They asked if they could be candidates again this year!”

SnowFest! 2008 is scheduled for Feb. 29 through March 9, 2008. For more information, call Ruth Schnabel at 583-7167 or visit