Car­ni­vale kicks off

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE votes are in and Vanessa Soncin is Miss Car­ni­vale 2012 and Moss­man’s Demi But­ler the run­ner-up.

The two am­bas­sadors were joined by Kevin Car­ring­ton in cel­e­brat­ing their achieve­ments af­ter his song Smile won the Song of Car­ni­vale com­pe­ti­tion, an­nounced last Fri­day night at the Port Dou­glas Yacht Club for the of­fi­cial Car­ni­vale launch.

Vanessa is an 18-year-old Cairns woman who is tak­ing a gap year be­fore study­ing act­ing and drama and said she was shocked when they an­nounced her name.

As part of the prize she wins au­to­matic en­try to the Miss Teen Australia com­pe­ti­tion.

“It feels pretty good, amaz­ing, my aim is to be a good am­bassa- dor for the event and re­ally get in­volved with the fundrais­ing and be there for all the events,” she said.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about Miss Teen Australia but shocked be­cause mod­el­ling has never crossed my mind, Car­ni­vale is a good way to in­tro­duce me to it - at the launch there were three cos­tume changes, it was crazy.”

Ms Soncin is most look­ing for­ward to be­ing in­volved in the Car­ni­vale street pa­rade, as is 17-year-old lo­cal Demi But­ler who was thrilled to be­come an am­bas­sador.

“It was pretty over­whelm­ing and I was pretty ex­cited to be crowned the run­ner-up Miss Car­ni­vale,” she said.

“I’m study­ing a bach­e­lor of busi­ness, HR man­age­ment and I’ve just got to get all ex­ams out of way and study so I have time for Car­ni­vale.

“Be­ing recog­nised as an am­bas­sador for the com­mu­nity and be­ing able to at­tend the events I think is the high­light, it’s re­ally good I get to ex­pe­ri­ence all this.”

Af­ter win­ning the song of Car­ni­vale, singer/song­writer and Moss­man State High School se­nior Kevin Car­ring­ton went straight into the stu­dio this week to pro­fes­sion­ally record his song Smile.

“I was very sur­prised at be­ing first, this is the first time record­ing in a stu­dio - I record some stuff at my house but it doesn’t sound as good,” he said.

“When I first did the track it was just gui­tar and singing, but now it’s got the drums and bass, it’s been an awe­some learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and I’d like to do some more record­ing be­cause this is so fun.”

Kevin wrote the song only four days be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion closed based on his ex­pe­ri­ences dur­ing Car­ni­vale last year.

“We were on the beach shar­ing it with my friends and we went to the look­out,” he said.

“Look­ing out over Port Dou­glas made us smile, we climbed down on the rocks, had lunch, it was peace­ful, fun.

“That’s just how it was and Smile came from that.”

Catch a glimpse of the three am­bas­sadors through­out Car­ni­vale from May 18 to 27, for more in­for­ma­tion on events visit www.car­ni­vale.com.au

Photo by AN­THONY CAPOGRECO

Wor­thy am­bas­sadors: Vanessa Soncin and Demi But­ler (inset) Song of Car­ni­vale win­ner Kevin Car­ring­ton

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