Tweed Valley Banana Festival 2015 entrants. Photo: Contributed
Tweed Valley Banana Festival 2015 entrants. Photo: Contributed

Queens go out on tour

IT'S one of the oldest surviving agricultural shows in the country and this year's Tweed Valley Banana Festival's Queen entrants are showing no signs of slowing the tradition down.

Last week saw the local beauties with a passion for farming take to the region's oldest farming establishment to learn about sugarcane.

On Wednesday Queens and Teen entrants visited the Condong Sugar Mill - one of only three Australian-owned mills remaining in the country.

Murwillumbah Queen entrant Rhiannon Francis said: "I really liked it and it was really fun.

"The mill has a lot of historical significance to the area because sugarcane is such a primary agricultural sector in our area so I think it's really good for the queens to see how the sugar is produced from the cane plant."

On Sunday, queens visited the Tweed Valley Tour Information Centre and Art Gallery and a local banana farm.

On August 2 the senior and junior princess and princes will go to Tropical Fruit World.

There are only six weeks to go to the 60th Banana Festival Day, on August 29, when the winning Queen is announced.



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