2009 Beef Week Queen Kasandra Whitney heads the parade down Casino’s main street.
2009 Beef Week Queen Kasandra Whitney heads the parade down Casino’s main street. Doug Eaton

Beef Week Queen crown up for grabs

THE Casino Beef Week Queen crown is yours for the wearing, with entries for the contest now open.

Last year’s queen, Kasandra Whitney, 19, of Old Bonalbo, said she had a ball during her time in the role.

“The week was really awesome,” Ms Whitney said.

“I would advise anyone to do it.”

Ms Whitney was asked by the Australian Poll Hereford Society to enter the contest.

The second year early childhood student from Southern Cross University grew up on a Poll Hereford farm at Old Bonalbo.

Ms Whitney said she entered in order to make new friends and the experience had boosted her confidence.

“The public speaking really helped me,” she said.

Ms Whitney was one of four entrants; all were required to perform duties during Beef Week.

This year’s lucky winner will take her crown at the grand opening on Saturday, May 22.

The queen will be required to present ribbons at the cattle judging and to attend all official events.

She may be also required to represent the beef industry at other events. Belinda Dockrill, a former Beef Week Queen from 1997 and mentor to the contestants, said the contest was a lot of fun.

“You get to meet lots of people and the other girls,” Ms Dockrill said.

Ms Dockrill said the contest was not a beauty competition.

“You’re judged on your general knowledge of Casino and the beef industry,” she said.

The contestants are also judged on their presentation, deportment and the way they express themselves.

Contestants can choose to represent a cattle breed, but it is not compulsory.

Entrants do not need to live in Casino. Entries must be in by May 8.



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