Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® President, Jim Douglas, is pleased to announce that Natasha Bure, 16-year-old daughter of Russian-born NHL hockey star, Valeri Bure, and well-known Hollywood actress, Candace Cameron Bure, well reign over the Land of Pink and Green in 2015 as Queen Shenandoah LXXXVIII. The Festival has grown justifiably proud of its Hollywood connections; and, in certain well-known circles, Hollywood is justifiably proud of its Bloom connections! The Festival’s relationship with the families of Bing Crosby, Lucille Ball, Jose Ferrer, Pat Boone, Michael Landon, Patty Duke, Sean Astin, Dan Aykroyd, Martin Short, and many others, have become legendary. Over the years, these families have left the stark beauty and the frantic glitz of Southern California, and have been touched and charmed by the soft, green, blossoming landscape and the old-fashioned, laid-back values that still exist in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. The Festival is now proud to say that the Cameron Family will join that notable list. Brother Kirk was here as the Featured Speaker at the Prayer Brunch in 2004; and, now his famous sister and his lovely niece are set for a visit to the Bloom Nation.
Natasha Bure: The 16-year-old daughter of actress Candace Cameron Bure (Full House) & Valeri Bure (former NHL player) is a budding singer/songwriter and YouTuber. Growing up in South Florida, Natasha’s love for being in front of the camera started when she began modeling and acting in commercials. She continued to pursue musical theater in school, knowing she aspired to be in the entertainment industry. Natasha also began playing tennis at an early age and is now a varsity player for her high school. On weekends, she loves hanging out with her family at hockey games and leads worship at her church. With over 115,000 followers on Instagram and 22,000 subscribers on YouTube, Natasha is beginning to make her own name for herself. She currently lives in Los Angeles, with her parents, two brothers Lev and Maks, and their puppy, Boris.
Favorite Activities: singing; tennis; dancing; making YouTube videos; baking/cooking; shopping; leading worship; youth group events; going to the beach; doing makeup; hanging out with friends; spending time with family.
Favorite School Subject: math. “Even though I am not the best at it, math is like a puzzle. Once I figure out the pieces to the puzzle, I love it! It makes my mind work hard, and I love the feeling of accomplishment after I complete a problem!”
Favorite Foods: sushi; pasta; grilled chicken; grilled/steamed veggies; frozen yogurt; Greek salad; humus; steak.
Apple Pie: “Apple pie is my all-time favorite pie. I could survive on apple pie alone! The flaky crust and the warm gooey inside make me SOOO happy. Apple pie and a scoop of vanilla ice cream make me go CRAZY!”
Fun Facts: “I hate olives. I’m TERRIFIED of bees, sharks, and heights. My favorite movies are: ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and ‘The Notebook.’ If I could eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be Sushi. Since I don’t have any sisters, when I was little, I used to dress up both of my brothers in my dresses. I’m addicted to makeup. I like sparkling water more than regular water. My favorite ice cream flavors are ‘Salted Caramel’ and ‘Mint Chip.’ My crush is Ansel Elgort. I play Varsity Tennis for my high school. When I was 6, I wrote my first song called ‘Everybody.’ I am 5’-4” tall.”
Candace Cameron Bure: Actress, producer, New York Times’ bestselling author and inspirational speaker, Candace Cameron Bure is both outspoken and passionate about her family and her faith. Known to millions worldwide for her role as D. J. Tanner on the iconic family sitcom “Full House,” Candace continues to flourish in the entertainment industry as a role model for women of all ages. With an acting career that started at the age of five, Candace grew up in show business alongside her brother, Kirk Cameron, and has appeared in countless national television commercials, prime-time hits, made for TV movies and feature films. Candace has starred in multiple made-for-television movies for Hallmark Channel and Up TV including: “Puppy Love,” “Moonlight & Mistletoe,” “Finding Normal”, Emmy-nominated “The Heart of Christmas,” and “Let It Snow.” “Let It Snow” ranks as the #2 all-time, most-viewed original release for the Hallmark Network. Her most recent movie “Christmas Under Wraps” broke historic records becoming Hallmark’s most-watched telecast ever and cable’s second most-watched original movie of 2014.
After finishing a three-year run as her character Summer van Horn on ABC Family Network’s “Make It or Break It,” Candace will now bring Aurora Teagarden to life from the New York Times’ best-selling books by Charlaine Harris. In a series of movies for Hallmark Movies and Mystery Channel, she will continue to expand her career as an uber-successful cable and satellite television icon by starring in and executive-producing these films with her production company, iCandy Productions. Candace added New York Times’ best-selling author to her titles with her book “Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness,” that inspires women to embrace a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront of their relationship with food. Her second book, “Balancing It All,” was released January 1, 2014, and highlights Candace’s personal philosophy as she shares her stories of juggling priorities and purpose. Book number three entitled, “Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction,” will make its debut this summer and features Candace reflecting on the life lessons she learned while dancing her way to the finals, and finishing in third place on season 18 of “Dancing with the Stars.”
Candace gives much support to Compassion International and Skip1.org as well as many other charitable and non-profit organizations. Candace and her husband, former National Hockey League star, Valeri Bure, have been happily married since 1996. Together with their 3 children, Natasha, Lev and Maks, they split their time between Los Angeles and the Napa Valley, which is home to their boutique wine label, Bure Family Wines.
Valeri Bure: Born in Moscow, Russia, Valeri Bure came to North America with his brother, Pavel, to play professional hockey in 1994. He was an outstanding right-winger for 13 years in the National Hockey League, playing for the Montreal Canadians, the Calgary Flames, the Florida Panthers, the St. Louis Blues and the Dallas Stars. Bure’s offensive ability shone particularly in Calgary, where he became one of the team’s leading scorers. His totals of 26 goals and 53 points in 1998-1999 were both third best on the team; and, at one point in the season, Bure scored the game-winning goal in four consecutive victories. The departure of Flames’ star, Theoren Fleury, added pressure on Bure to be an offensive leader in 1999-2000, and he responded by using his speed and skating ability to good effect and was eighth in the league in scoring by mid-December.
Bure was named to the World Team at the 2000 All-Star Game, where he played on a line with his brother. Pavel was named most valuable player of the game by scoring three goals, two of them assisted by Valeri, in a 9–4 victory over North America. Valeri Bure completed the season as the Flames leader in goals (35) and points (75, 14th overall in the NHL); and, was the only player on the team to appear in all 82 games. Pavel Bure scored 58 goals for the Florida Panthers; and, the brothers’ combined total of 93 goals set an NHL record for a set of siblings, surpassing the old mark set by Bobby and Dennis Hull. Internationally, he represented Russia on numerous occasions. He was a member of the bronze medal-winning squad at the 1994 World Junior Championship and was a two-time medalist at the Winter Olympics. Bure and the Russian team won the silver medal in 1998 and the bronze medal in 2002. Back and hip injuries led to Bure’s retirement from the intense physicality of professional hockey in 2005; but, he paired with Ekaterina Gordeeva in 2010 to win the second season of the figure skating reality show “Battle of the Blades.” Since retiring from professional hockey, Val has turned his passion for food and wine into more than a long-time dream. Now a vintner, Val spends most of his time tending to Bure Family Wines a boutique wine label from California’s famed Napa Valley.
Festival Officials have announced that Candace Cameron Bure will accompany her daughter, Natasha; but, Papa Valeri will have to remain in California to take care of her two younger brothers. Natasha’s reign will follow the traditional whirlwind schedule that all Queens Shenandoah follow; highlighted by her Coronation before 1,000 “witnesses” in the Patsy Cline Theatre at Winchester’s famously imposing Handley High School; and, her ride on the iconic Gold Apple Throne on the Queen’s Float in the 2015 Grand Feature Parade.