Community & Business

2 June, 2023

Search on for 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.

Maia Gambino, The 2022 Rodeo Queen
Maia Gambino, The 2022 Rodeo Queen

The annual quest attracts young women aged between 16 and 25 from across the Mareeba re-gion to compete for the title of Mareeba Rodeo queen, princess, and miss personality.

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 would 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 would be exposed to many aspects of becoming an ambas-sador.

“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.

“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.”

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