Fine tuning the queens
BEING a Tweed Valley Banana Festival Queen isn't just about good looks or an appealing style.
Much more effort goes into the finer points of being a queen with style ? as a bevy of contestants in the competition found out on Saturday.
It also involves learning to talk while holding a balloon between your teeth.
While that sounds decidely different, according to organisers it is one of the most enjoyable experiences queen candidates can have.
It is part of "deportment day" which, in addition to the balloon exercise, teaches queen candidates how to hold microphones and talk in public.
On Saturday the girls came together to learn some of the secrets of deportment from Maggie Ann of BAM Promotions.
The festival's teen queen candidates also took part and after lunch were given an address by local woman Nicole Demiris on skin care and how to apply make-up.