The Queen of citrus country takes her crown
GAYNDAH woman Rebecca Kenny is the 2017 Orange Festival Queen after being awarded the title at a Gala Ball dinner at the weekend.
Ms Kenny beat out a field of worthy contenders to not only win the title of Festival Queen but also the title of Charity Queen after raising the most money for charity.
“I feel very honoured and humbled to be the 2017 Orange Festival Queen and 2017 Charity Queen,” Ms Kenny said.
“As far as I know, since the start of the Charity Queen I’m the first person who has won both and I hope to represent the community to the best of my ability for the next two years.”
As a local producer herself Ms Kenny said she understood the importance of the role she had to play.
“I’m proud to be the representative for the local producers as I have grown up and works amongst them my entire life,” she said.
“I think that makes the win more special.
“I worked really hard and tried to run as many fundraisers as possible to hopefully win the Charity Queen.”
Winning Charity Queen was Miss Kenny’s main focus.
“So winning the Orange Festival Queen as well was an absolute shock,” she said.
Between them, the six Charity Queen entrants raised $15,000 for charity.
“The Orange Festival competition is a great way to get involved with the community, to represent local sponsors, gain confidence and make new friends,” Ms Kenny said.
She is eager to tackle the responsibility of being the 2017 Orange Festival Queen.
“I’m very excited, I’m looking forward to being out and involved in all the events this weekend,” Ms Kenny said.
“There is always a lot of excitement at the Orange Festival.
“I’m particularly looking forward to the State of Oranges match on Sunday as I get to kick the football at the start of the game.”
ROYALTY: 2017 Orange Festival Queen Rebecca Kenny is all smiles.