Are you a Queen?
IT'S the experience of a lifetime where friendships are formed and life skills are honed.
Nominations for the 2011 Jacaranda Queen competition are now open and Jacaranda Festival manager Maggie Barnewall is looking forward to receiving a big contingent of contestants.
“I can't wait for this year's festival and I'm very excited about meeting our new candidates,” she said.
“Entering the Jacaranda Queen quest is a great way to meet new faces, learn more about the Clarence Valley, get involved with your local community, broaden your horizons and grow within yourself.”
Jacaranda Queen Crowning Candidates' director Narelle Rasborsek was quick to agree.
“It's a wonderful opportunity for any young woman to blossom and really put themselves out there,” she said.
“I've seen a lot of women overcome their shyness through this competition and it's such a good learning curve.”
Jacaranda Queen for 2010, Kirrily Tough, is encouraging local women to nominate themselves for the 2011 title, recalling how honoured she felt when the crown was placed on her head last year.
“Winning the contest was a privilege and it was a real confidence booster for me,” she said.
“Being a part of the festival really taught me a lot about myself and I would tell any woman who was considering entering to go for it, give it a go and above all enjoy yourself and treasure the experience.”
Eligible candidates must have lived in the Clarence Valley for a minimum of 12 months and be 18 to 29 years of age.
Nomination forms can be obtained from the Jacaranda Festival Office 9am to 5pm Mondays and Tuesdays or go to www.jacarandfestival.org.au.
Nominations close May 24.