Blossom into a queen
THE Central Highlands Easter Sunflower Festival is fast approaching in time for the sunflowers of the Highlands to brighten towns around the region.
Also brightening the festival will be entrants in the Sunflower Queen and Princess Quest, with entries now open.
Girls 14 to 17-years-old and ladies 18 to 25-years-old from the Central Highlands are encouraged to enter the quest, with great prizes to be won.
The crowned queen and princess will win a trip to Altona, Canada, to take part in the Manitoba Sunflower Festival.
Sunflower Festival committee president Patti Schwarz said the quest was a great experience and a great way to build confidence while also learning about the Central Highlands.
“It’s is a community function and the girls entering will be asked some local questions,” she said. “It is a chance for them to get to know about the local culture and the local history, nothing too stressful.”
The Sunflower Festival will commence on Saturday, April 23, opening with the annual street parade starting from Rundle Park at 11am.
The streets of Emerald will come alive with colour as the Sunflower Queen entrants parade through town in their floats and throw lollies out to children.
Schools, community groups and businesses are encouraged to join the street parade on their own creative floats, with plenty of prizes to be won.
Children won’t be left out with a competition for the best decorated bike.
The procession will end at the Jockey Club, Pioneer Park, where the winners of the best decorated floats and bike will be announced.
The 2011 Sunflower Queen and Princess will also be announced.
The festivities will continue with a barbecue and live music, followed by the Emerald Rodeo Association’s rodeo.
Patti said it’s a great day to bring the kids along, as there is a fun family atmosphere.
To enter the quest, phone Patti Schwarz on 0417 748 812 or Jo Maguire on 4982 1344 and fill out an entry form.
“...the girls entering will be asked some local questions.”