Princesses, queen crowned at show ball
IT'S every girl's fairytale, to be crowned a princess.
But it was a reality for three locals on Saturday night at the Mount Larcom show ball.
Held at the community hall, revellers said it was the biggest turn out they'd seen in 10 years.
As good as it was for entertainment, the ball was much more significant for junior princess Amber King, princess Kellie Rouse and queen Jackie Ostapovitch.
The three ladies were crowned on the night, and awarded a sash and prizes from show society president Craig Butler and 2015 regional showgirl Helena Sant.
Ms Rouse, 19, did not only her own hair and makeup for the day, but the younger contestants' too.
"I got it perfected down to six minutes for the makeup and two for the hair," she said.
"Tonight I'm wearing a full length purple jewelled gown."
Ms Rouse said that even though everyone maintains they enter the competition for fun, rivalry is strong.
"You say you don't want to win - oh, but you do," she said.
"The secret is the judges sense your presence so you just have to be confident and smile."
For the 2015 queen, Ms Ostapovitch, the win came as quite a surprise.
"We've just moved here because my husband is the new town policeman," she said.
"I didn't think I'd win because we were hopeless on the dance floor."
The contestants were judged on their personality, dress and dance capabilities.
And although the Geiger family didn't take a place this year, mother Gemma said it was all good fun for the kids.
"I have five kids, two boys and three girls that enter just about every year," she said.
"My daughter Olivia, 8, was crowned as last year's miniature princess.
"We decked her out in a full length white dress, gloves and a mini handbag.
"I mean, who doesn't want to be a princess for the night?"
The annual ball has set the bar high ahead of next week's Mount Larcom Show.