GALLERY: Queens cry with joy on parade day
Queens were overcome with emotion as this year's crowns were awarded at the 60th Tweed Valley Banana Festival in Murwillumbah.
Festival organiser Eryn Young said more than 6,000 attended the annual event, which traditionally heralds the beginning of the harvest for the region's banana and sugarcane crops.
"There were more floats this year than last. The festival is very much alive and growing," Ms Young said.
A buoyant crowd of about 2,000 filled Knox Park at the end of the float parade through Main Street to see the announcement of the festival's Princess, Prince, Teen Queens and Queens.
The winners were: Prince: Austin Kirkup, Sr Princess: Paris-Rose Foster, Jr Princess: Danica De lyon, Teen Princess Personality: Mackenzie Turner, Teen Queen: Kate Hodges, Queen Personality: Abbie McMahon, Charity Queen: Amy Partridge, Queen: Brooke Magnum.
The newly announced Queens were overcome with emotion as they accepted their crowns.
Queen Personality, Ms McMahon, shed tears as she accepted her title from last year's Personality Molly Ditmar.
"I've overcome my fear of public speaking through this quest, and I'm crying because now I don't want it to end," the 19-year-old Kingscliff TAFE beauty student said.
She said during the last four months of campaigning for her win, which involved hosting charity functions, she was "really honest".
"I always say what I feel, and I was always just being me," Ms McMahon said.
The winner of the Tweed Valley Banana Festival 2015 Queen crown Brooke Magnum was also overwhelmed as she accepted her sash from 2014 winner Erin Kennedy.
"This proves that anyone who has ever been bullied can overcome it and go on to do great things," she said.
The 21-year-old Environmental Science university told the Tweed Daily News she never expected to win.
Lismore MP Thomas George congratulated the winners, who together raised more than $27,000 for local charities.
"Forget Australia's Got Talent - Murwillumbah's got talent," he said.
"(The entrants) are a credit to their family, their schools and to their community."
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