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MONTO is ready for a mon­ster long week­end, thanks in part to the Queen’s Birth­day pub­lic hol­i­day.

But a dif­fer­ent queen will steal the show this week, as the town cel­e­brates its ‘leg­end-dairy’ fes­ti­val.

This Fri­day evening, Septem­ber 28, at the Colo­nial Mo­tor Inn, Monto will chan­nel the Queen her­self when the Dairy Fes­ti­val’s 2018 am­bas­sador is an­nounced.

Six lucky ladies, each nom­i­nated by prom­i­nent lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, were sashed as Dairy Princesses at a glam­orous soiree at the His­tor­i­cal and Cul­tural Com­plex on Mon­day.

Sarah Black (St Therese Pri­mary School), Tanaya Ha­gan (NBRC), Brie Haw­ley (Ridge­haven Re­tire­ment Com­plex), Alexis Larsen (Rotary), Te­meka Priest Jones (DJ’s Steel & Con­crete) and Re­becca Ro­mano (Blue Care) are in the run­ning.

There can be only one queen.

Cur­rent Dairy Queen Bre­anna Yeo re­turned from Bris­bane for the oc­ca­sion. Her reign will end when she crowns her suc­ces­sor.

Ms Yeo said it was an hon­our to be in­ducted into the ex­clu­sive fra­ter­nity.

“It’s cool to be a part of an event that means so much to Monto,” Ms Yeo said.

“I re­mem­ber see­ing a photo of the fes­ti­val’s an­niver­sary year, with all the pre­vi­ous Dairy Queens to­gether on a float.

“I learned so much about the district’s his­tory.

“Ev­ery­one knows who you are and you quickly be­come the face of the town.

“It’s a sure-fire way to be­come an am­bas­sador for the com­mu­nity.”

Fes­ti­val pres­i­dent Ty­rone O’Reilly said he hoped the ex­pe­ri­ence would cre­ate last­ing mem­o­ries for the com­pe­ti­tion’s par­tic­i­pants.

“Of course, with­out the gen­eros­ity of our or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­nesses we wouldn’t have such an amaz­ing fes­ti­val am­bas­sador line-up.”


CORO­NA­TION: Monto’s Dairy Princesses face a ner­vous wait to see who will be crowned Dairy Queen for the 2018 fes­ti­val.

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