MONTO FESTIVAL WILL BE LEGENDAIRY
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.