Cherry Festival organisers welcome first Queen hopeful

The 2019 Cherry Queen and King after their award ceremony. IMAGE: National Cherry Festival.
The 2019 Cherry Queen and King after their award ceremony. IMAGE: National Cherry Festival.

The National Cherry Festival committee has welcomed its first entrant in the 2021 Cherry King and Queen Competition.

The competition is a main feature of the festival, which takes part on the first weekend in December.

Trudi Summerfield is the first applicant and will be fundraising for PCYC – Young.

She has wanted to run for a few years but the timing never felt right.

“I am in a great place in my life now and I am ready for the journey this will take me on. I want to inspire the youth in our community to follow their dreams no matter what it is, how big or how small,” Ms Summerfield said.

Trudi’s application has been welcomed to bring attention to the impact a Cherry Queen and King can have in the community.

“It’s great to see an entrant come forward earlier than we have in previous years, I’m excited to see how many entrants we can find,” said National Cherry Festival Committee President, Caitlin Sheehan.

“Sporting bodies, community organisations, businesses, if there is someone who could benefit from this experience, come forward. We would love to have you on board.”

Men and women aged 18 and over living on July 1 within the Hilltops Region can be a part of the competition.

The process starts in July 2021 and ends at the completion of the 2021 National Cherry Festival. Applicants must choose a charity to donate to, fundraising from July until November 29. Money raised will be split 60% to the chosen charity and 40% to the National Cherry Festival Committee.

In choosing the PCYC to support with her fundraising, Ms Summerfield said she wants to help the younger generation. “I chose PCYC as they do a lot for our youth. They help guide making better choices, offer sport and other amazing activities. Funds that go towards PCYC Young could mean bigger and better things for the Club and the community to benefit from.”

Information packs at the Young Visitor Information Centre for those considering their involvement. The competition guidelines can also be downloaded from the National Cherry Festival website:

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