ROSE FES­TI­VAL QUEN CROWNED

Dream of a tiara comes true

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

EMILY Spry’s dream came true on Satur­day night when she was crowned Biggen­den Apex Rose Fes­ti­val Queen.

The Bach­e­lor of Nurs­ing stu­dent spon­sored by Biggen­den Lions Com­mu­nity Care didn’t ex­pect to win but what she re­ally wanted was the tiara.

“It’s ev­ery girl’s dream to have her own tiara,” she said.

Thank­ing the other en­trants, Ms Spry said with­out them there would not have been a com­pe­ti­tion.

“My thanks to Leesa Sharps for her en­cour­age­ment to be part of the queen com­pe­ti­tion,” she said.

“It has been a con­fi­dence builder.”

One of the judges, Paul Smith, who was judg­ing for the first time, felt priv­i­leged.

“Our job was dif­fi­cult,” he said.

“They are five very ca­pa­ble young women.”

Mr Smith said it was an eye-opener to find the young re­ally were for­ward think­ing.

Miss Per­son­al­ity was Tayla Steggert, while Cooper-Anne Fotheringham took out the char­ity queen ti­tle.

Other en­trants were Jes­sica Foulkes and Rhanni McCosker.

Rose Fes­ti­val Queen 2016 Lucy Kin­bacher en­ter­tained pa­trons with her ad­dress.

She said it was a priv­i­lege to be back.

“These beau­ti­ful girls are a credit to the town,” she said.

Queen co-or­di­na­tor Michelle Radel said she was very proud of all five girls.

“They con­ducted them­selves with dig­nity,” she said.

“I am quite sure it was a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion for the judges.”

Mrs Radel said she was so pleased the girls put their hands up to be part of the queen com­pe­ti­tion.

“To­day for many or­gan­i­sa­tions it is so dif­fi­cult to find young women will­ing to do so,” she said.

“All round it was a great night.”

All en­trants will now take part in the up­com­ing fes­ti­val pa­rade on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20, where the theme is “Trea­sures of Biggen­den”.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

ROY­ALTY: Biggen­den Apex Rose Fes­ti­val Char­ity Queen Cooper-Anne Fotheringham, Fes­ti­val Queen Emily Spry and Miss Per­son­al­ity Tayla Steggert.

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