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