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21 June, 2023

Search is on for Mareeba Rodeo queens

MAREEBA Rodeo season is just around the corner and the committee is on the hunt for rodeo queen entrants for the 2023 quest, with applications closing on Monday.

Last year's rodeo princess Alannah Falvo, queen Maia Gambino and miss personality Mia Gonzalez.
Last year's rodeo princess Alannah Falvo, queen Maia Gambino and miss personality Mia Gonzalez.

The annual quest attracts young women aged between 16 and 25 from across the Mareeba region to compete for the title of Mareeba Rodeo queen and princess.

Entrants will be judged on the qualities needed to be the right rodeo ambassador throughout their public engagement during rodeo week.

Mareeba District Rodeo Association secretary Angela Slabbert said queen entrants will have many opportunities to learn and grow as young women.

From learning to present themselves in front of members of the community to learning the basics of hair and skincare, entrants will be exposed to many aspects of becoming an ambassador.

“This is the 63rd year of the queen competition, giving our entrants a chance to represent themselves, their sponsors, the rodeo, and the community,” she said.

“The competition is a great way for entrants to meet new people, grow in confidence, have fun, and learn many new things.

“They will attend workshops in skincare, makeup, nails, hair, and deportment.”

Entrants will be introduced at the junior cowpokes on Saturday, 1 July, and will attend events such as the rodeo ball on 8 July, the garden awards on 7 July, and the downtown parade on 14 July. Official judging will take place on Sunday, 9 July.

Last year's queen, Maia Gambino, said being a part of the quest was an incredible opportunity for her, and she encourages any young woman to apply.

“I encourage the young women of Mareeba to get involved in this wonderful community event,” she said.

“The competition is a great experience to step out of your comfort zone, make new friends, and learn more about yourself.

“It has been an amazing opportunity to be the 2022 Mareeba Rodeo Queen.”

To apply before Monday 26 June and for more information, visit the Mareeba Rodeo website


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