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Photos by Kelly Sullivan: Mickayla White gets fitted with a crown she decorated at the 10th annual Gold Dust Days in Gold Bar on Friday, July 21.
Photos by Kelly Sullivan: Mickayla White gets fitted with a crown she decorated at the 10th annual Gold Dust Days in Gold Bar on Friday, July 21.
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Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:02 PM

Fifteen-year-old Grace Elliot was manning the bouncy house and the crown-decorating booth at Gold Dust Days on Friday afternoon.
The Sultan High School student helped fit a gold sparkle-lined crown around Mickayla White's head. The younger girl had wandered across the sunburnt lawn in front of Gold Bar Elementary to make the delicate headdress early Friday evening.

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