Miss Salinas Valley Fair
Natalia Merritt is crowned the 2024 Miss Salinas Valley Fair. (Courtesy of SVF)

KING CITY — Natalia Merritt was crowned the 2024 Miss Salinas Valley Fair after competing for the title over two days, April 4-5, at the Salinas Valley Fairgrounds in King City.

Merritt, 17, is a junior at King City High School and the daughter of Jeff and Cory Merritt of King City. She competed against fellow contestant Victoria Sanchez in select categories, including personality and horsemanship, to claim the crown.

Her first official appearance will take place Saturday during the Fair’s Annual Kick-Off Dinner, Dance and Auction.

Read more about Merritt as she embarks on this newfound fame in an upcoming issue.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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