Queen crowned at gala

En­trants shine at Or­ange Fest ball

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Bran­don Livesay bran­don.livesay@cnbtimes.com.au

CAITLIN Ous­ton has been crowned Gayn­dah Or­ange Fes­ti­val Queen for 2013.

More than 350 peo­ple packed Gayn­dah Town Hall for the Gala Ball on Satur­day night to be daz­zled by 13 Or­ange Fes­ti­val Queen en­trants.

Run­ner-up was El­lie Turner, Don Kenny Me­mo­rial Char­ity Queen was Lau­ren Em­mer­ton and Miss Per­son­al­ity was Emma Kennedy.

The Queen en­trants im­pressed the judges with their can­dour, per­son­al­ity and style.

But in the end, 24-year-old Ms Ous­ton was deemed the per­fect rep­re­sen­ta­tive for this year’s Or­ange Fes­ti­val.

The salesperson and prop­erty man­ager at Gayn­dah Real Es­tate told judges the high­light of her job was show­ing off her home town.

“It’s great be­ing able to meet new peo­ple and hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to wel­come peo­ple to our town,” she said.

Gayn­dah Cham­ber of Com­merce sec­re­tary Ms Ous­ton has been an ad­vo­cate for her com­mu­nity.

Head judge in­spec­tor Kev Gu­teridge said crown­ing the Queen was a tough de­ci­sion with mere “dec­i­mal points sep­a­rat­ing them”.

“The real win­ners out of this event are all of us,” he said.

“Th­ese re­mark­able women are the fu­ture of the town.”

In­spec­tor Gu­teridge said the ball epit­o­mised the spirit of Gayn­dah.

“How pos­i­tive an event it was af­ter ev­ery­thing the town has been through,” he said.

“It’s great to see.”

PHOTO: BRAN­DON LIVESAY

OR­ANGE FES­TI­VAL QUEENS: (From left) Miss Per­son­al­ity Emma Kennedy, Don Kenny Me­mo­rial Char­ity Queen Lau­ren Em­mer­ton, Or­ange Fes­ti­val Queen Caitlin Ous­ton and run­ner-up El­lie Turner.

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