A royal ball of fun for juniors
FOR 10 bubbly, bright eyed young girls, it was their time to shine.
The moment had arrived for each of them to take centre stage and prove they had the enthusiasm, dedication and passion to be crowned 2011 Junior Jacaranda Queen at the time-honoured Masquerade Ball.
Held at Roches Hotel on Thursday night, the annual Masquerade Ball is a celebration of the junior Jacaranda contestants and an important part of their judging process as they campaign for the crown.
Wearing festive, hand-made face masks they had designed as part of their competition projects, each candidate was formally introduced to the Clarence Valley community and senior candidates in the Jacaranda Queen competition as they demonstrated their public speaking abilities and let their true colours blaze.
Quest director for the juniors Amanda Finucane praised the attitude of the young candidates and was so impressed by their presentations, she admitted to being thankful she wasn't one of the judges.
"The girls were fantastic. It would have been so hard to judge the best one," she said.
"The Masquerade Ball is all about our junior queen candidates.
"It is a great bonding session for all the girls and the community gets to see who they really are, what their personalities are like and how they present themselves. It is a great night for everyone.
"The event attracted a good crowd and it was a lot of fun for the girls to stand up and speak in front of their friends, family and distinguished guests on the night.
"The Masquerade Ball is an important part of the Jacaranda Festival. It is a very special night for the girls," she said.
The 2011 Junior Jacaranda Queen will be crowned on October 29.