The Queen of citrus coun­try takes her crown

Central and North Burnett Times - - FENCE POST LIFE -

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED STACEY DUN­CAN PHOTOGRAPHY

ROY­ALTY: 2017 Orange Fes­ti­val Queen Re­becca Kenny is all smiles.

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