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By Dan Rudy 

Queen candidates announced for 2017 Fourth festivities


Dan Rudy / Wrangell Sentinel

With queen candidates Haley Davis and Charley Seddon in front, competition organizers and team managers Mikki Angerman, Megan Talburt, Michelle Jenkins, Brooke Bartz, Scott Seddon and Cyni Waddington get ready to kick off the run-up to July 4. Food and ticket sales begin June 1 and go on throughout the month.

A pair of high schoolers announced plans to run for the crown in this year's Fourth of July Royalty competition.

Each spring the competition raises funds for Wrangell's Independence Day celebrations, with candidates holding fundraisers and selling tickets. Last year's competition between Kyla Teat and Alex Angerman broke records, with the pair selling 126,408 tickets.

Thirty percent of what contestants raise goes back to them as a scholarship, helping to pay for college or some other form of higher education. A percentage also goes back to the candidates' campaign managers, usually a parent...

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