AN ASHBOURNE young farmer is preparing to represent the area as a potential Queen of a major agricultural festival.
Kate Wainwright will be travelling to Tullamore in County Offaly, Ireland, to be the first representative from England in the 49th Queen of the Land Festival.
Miss Wainwright, an accountant whose hobbies include walking, tug of war, netball and baking, will represent the Ashbourne National Federation of Young Farmer’s Club and will be one of 27 Queens that will go before a judging panel during the festival, which starts on Friday.
Over three days the girls will be appraised by the panel who will take into account appearance, personality, energy, confidence, dress sense, rural knowledge and elocution to choose the contestant which best displays the qualities of today’s modern rural woman.
The 2013 judging panel consists of Amanda Brennan, a representative of FBD Insurance, Teresa Brennan, reigning FBD Queen of the Land, and Damien O’Reilly, presenter on Irish Radio station RTE.
The festival’s secretar Tomas Russell said: “It’s very significant for the festival as it is the first year in the history of the Queen of the Land festival that we have had a Queen representing England so we are very excited about having Kate over for the weekend.”
The Queens will face interviews with the judging panel before the group travels to the next venue in the afternoon where they will be introduced to their escorts.
They will then will be put through their paces by master of ceremonies Deric Hartigan for the on stage interviews.
A gala banquet will follow the interviews before the chosen Queen is announced and crowned.
To find out more about the Queen of the Land Festival, visit www.queenofthelandfestival.com