Queen crowned at gala
Entrants shine at Orange Fest ball
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.”
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.