First 2017 Cherry Queen entrant announced

Julianne Duffey is the first entrant to register for the National Cherry Festival queen and king competition for 2017.

The competition is an important part of the Hilltops Harvest Festival and is open to both men and women, married or single, who are 18 years of age or over.

Members of the organising committee welcomed Miss Duffey at the recent June meeting.

First up: Denise Slavin, National Cherry Festival queen entrant Julianne Duffey and Stuart Freudenstein. Picture: Craig Thomson.

First up: Denise Slavin, National Cherry Festival queen entrant Julianne Duffey and Stuart Freudenstein. Picture: Craig Thomson.

The Lions Club of Young has sponsored Miss Duffey who lives in and works in Young.

“I’m very excited to be part of the competition this year and look forward to all the activities in the lead up to the festival,” Miss Duffey said.

"I feel very honoured to be approached by the Lions club to be their representative in this iconic local festival."

Cherry Queen/King competition co-ordinator Denise Slavin became involved with the competition three years ago and said there are many benefits for entrants.

I’m very excited to be part of the competition this year and look forward to all the activities in the lead up to the festival - Julianne Duffey

“There are so many benefits in the competition for all involved,” she said.

“It can help lift the public profile of an organisation, establishes a fundraising platform and for candidates opens up new experiences and opportunities to grow.

"I have been impressed by my experience, and that is why I have continued my involvement as a member of the festival committee, and I am now keen to welcome Julianne and more entrants to this year’s competition.

"If you’d like to represent your community and raise money for a local charity or organisation this year than I invite you to contact the Young Visitor Information Centre on 6382 3394 for more details."

Young Lions Club president Stuart Freudenstein it has been a while since the Lions have sponsored a contestant.

"We believe Julianne is an excellent candidate and we are thrilled to be able to help and support her campaign," he said.

Introductory packs are available at the centre.

The 68th National Cherry Festival will be held at Young on December two, three and four this year with the Queen/King competition crowning ceremony to be held on a Friday night at Anderson Park.

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