Community & Business

10 June, 2022

Matrons ready for 2022 Rodeo Queen contest

AS the Mareeba Rodeo edges nearer, young women in Mareeba have the chance to join a prestigious list of Queens who have been crowned as part of the event for more than 60 years.

By Robyn Holmes

Rodeo Queen Matrons of Honour Karen Blakeney (left) and Frances Petersen are ready to undertake their role again this year.
Rodeo Queen Matrons of Honour Karen Blakeney (left) and Frances Petersen are ready to undertake their role again this year.

There to help guide them through the process are Matrons of Honour, Karen Blakeney and Frances Petersen, a role they both cherish and understand is so important to the entrants as they prepare for the many appearances associated with the competition and the judging process. 

Karen has been a Matron of Honour for the past 13 years and Frances for 11 years. 

“We guide and mentor them throughout the time and have them ready for the judging and outings we are involved in,” Frances explained. 

“We are also involved with community events held at the rodeo time such as the Garden Competition, visiting the aged care facility, the Ladies Bowls, Mareeba Tennis and so on. 

“The girls are always involved with these events and gives them the opportunity to meet new people and find out more about our town.” 

Karen said the role of Matron of Honour involved organising the competition from “day one” when all the entrants meet which, this year is Monday 20 June. 

“We hold the introduction night, followed by the workshops held by businesses in our town which explore topics such as health and beauty, hairdressing, make-up classes, nail care, public speaking and deportment, which are beneficial for the young ladies for their self-esteem and future,” she said. 

Both Karen and Frances say they see the young women grow in confidence as the competition progresses. 

“We always see a big difference from the time they start with us at the beginning of the competition until to the end – it’s great to see,” Frances said. 

“We always get positive feedback from families, regarding how much the girls gain from doing this competition.” 

The Rodeo Queen competition has not wavered in popularity throughout the decade and both women say it is important for the tradition to continue. 

“It is really important for our community to keep this tradition, as well it is for the young ladies entering,” Karen said.

 “Hopefully it is here to stay because the Rodeo gives our town a great atmosphere and attracts visitors to our area.

 “Frances and I want to encourage young ladies to enter and I’m sure they will get so much from it, as well as meeting new people, forging long-lasting friendships, and building confidence and resilience.” 

Young women wishing to enter the Rodeo Queen competition have until 17 June to put in their entry. 

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