THE search for a Banana Queen is going to be difficult this year with judges having to decide between nine enthusiastic girls.
Queen chaperone Eryn Young has spent months with the nine girls as they tour the Tweed and learn about the area.
"They have just been absolutely fantastic," Ms Young said.
"This year we have had two that have actually worked at banana farms.
"They are all genuine and they have such different personalities."
Ms Young said there were nine girls vying to be festival queen, 18 in the teen queen and 43 in the prince, senior and junior princess categories.
"We have had a really good response," she said.
"It's going to be hard for judges to decide this year."
Last year's Banana Festival queen Jessica Knight has spent time with the girls as a mentor and was impressed by their energy to raise funds.
"It's good to see the girls really get into it, and the girls are really committed," Ms Knight said.
"I'm still doing everything with this year's contestants."
Ms Knight said the best thing about the competition was the knowledge she gained about the Tweed.
Ms Young said the girls had been on 20 outings including Tropical World and Point Danger Marine Rescue.
"The girls have the opportunity to learn about the area," she said.
Ms Young said the girls got on very well with each other.
"I get attached to all of them. We are like a little family," she said. "Most will come back next year."
Ms Young said girls were allowed to re-enter the following year. The announcement of the festival queen choice is made at the Family Fun Day on August 25 at Knox Park.