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Sheetz follows sister as Queen of the Forest

Singing Christmas carols as a second-grader at a Mason County Forest Festival Christmas event, Brooke Sheetz' gaze fell on the teenage girl in the glittery gown waving to the crowd.

"I remember seeing the queen in her cape, and it was cool," she recalled.

Sheetz now sports a cape and the title of Queen of the Forest. On Saturday, she and the rest of the court - Princess of Douglas Fir Madilyne Nelsen, Princess of Hemlock Madeline Allred, Timber Nevaeh Haskins and Paul Bunyan Zachary Peach - will be waving from their float to the hometown crowd during the Paul Bunyan Grand Parade beginning at 1...


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