Harbour festival teen queen puts call out for competition
SHE'S won it before and she's confident she can win it again.
Local girl, 15-year-old Josie McAullay, was last year's Gladstone Harbour Festival teen queen and she said it was such a good experience she's entering again this year.
But this year she's putting the challenge out to other girls because she doesn't want to be the only one in her category.
The annual quest for Gladstone's queen started late last week with applications now open.
"My advice to girls entering this year is to be confident, believe in themselves and maybe take some modelling and deportment classes like I did."
Festival event co-ordinator Abi Galbraith said she was hoping this year's quest would be bigger and better than previous years.
"The younger categories are always really popular but we just can't wait until the buzz starts for the other three categories," she said.
Girls can enter the categories of junior princess, ages 5-7; princess, 8-10; junior queen, 11-13; and teen queen, 14-16.
Gladstone's Queen Quest has been running since 1966. It started as a fundraiser, and with the aim of instilling confidence in the girls.
Judging will be held in the upstairs function room at the Grand Hotel on Saturday, March 28.
Entries close March 23. The winning entrants will be crowned during the Gladstone Ports Corporation's family fun night on Thursday, April 3.