Now that entries for the 2012 Henry Lawson Festival Queen Competition have closed, we are excited to announce that this year we have five entrants. We are proud to introduce our fabulous entrants and wish them luck in their fund raising efforts leading up to the festival weekend.
Festival Queen Entrant – Rachael Eppelstun
Rachael is the Rotary candidate in the Henry Lawson Festival Queen competition. Rachael has lived in the Weddin Shire for 21 years. She has successfully completed a hairdressing apprenticeship and has now opened her own business in Grenfell.
Rachael enjoys producing artwork projects for her garden and redecorating her house. She is very interested in community events and supports them when she can.
Rachael is currently completing certificate IV in small business management, which will help her with her future direction.
Rotary are holding a Wine and Cheese night at the Country Club on Friday 11th May.
Festival Queen Entrant – Danielle Schneider
Danielle Schneider is the Lions Club entrant in the Henry Lawson Festival Queen competition.
Danielle is a qualified teacher who works at St Joseph’s Primary School in Grenfell. Danielle has lived in the Weddin Shire for 22 years. She obtained a Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching, before returning to Grenfell.
Her hobbies include reading, cooking, travelling, architecture, real estate and photography.
Danielle aims to inspire other locals to get behind the festival and other community events.
Lions are holding a fundraising wood raffle.
Festival Queen Entrant – Holly Bowerman
Holly is 18 years of age and is the IGA Festival Queen Entrant. Holly has lived in Grenfell all her life.
She currently works for IGA in Grenfell working the checkout, the deli and occasionally stocking the shelves.
Holly completed the Higher School Certificate last year and has taken this year off to save money and to contemplate which career path to venture next.
Holly plans to travel to Europe at the end of the year for a few weeks and possibly travel more within the next few years.
IGA are fundraising for the festival with a raffle where first prize is a $300 open order at IGA and 2nd prize is a trailer load of wood. In addition they are holding a lamington drive.
Festival Queen Entrant – Courtney Hunter
Courtney Hunter is Lachlan Fertilisers’ Festival Queen Entrant. They will be raising money for The Grenfell Picnic Races.
Courtney is 21 years of age and has lived in Grenfell for 20 years. Courtney is in her final year at Newcastle University where she is studying a double degree - Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Teaching (primary). Her ambition is to work locally when she finishes.
Courtney is the reigning Grenfell Show Girl and zone finalist who enjoys zumba, fishing and league tag. Other achievements of Courtney include a previous “Lions Youth of the Year” and a combined High Schools and NSW State Lawn Bowls representative.
Fundraising events for Lachlan Fertiliser include a Ladies night of Style with wine, food and cocktails, as well as raffles.
Festival Queen Entrant - Vicki McIntyre
Vicki McIntyre is the new Assistant Principal of Grenfell Public School. She grew up in Narromine where she lived with her parents and brother on the family farm, so she has strong country values.
Vicki attended Newcastle University to study a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood. She gained a full time appointment in Gladesville, Sydney, where she spent the last 10 years.
The calling back to the bush was too strong for Vicki so she applied for the promotion to Grenfell Public School. Not long after gaining this position, she was approached by the P&C to be their Queen Entrant for the Henry Lawson Festival. Vicki was ecstatic about this as she believed this would help her meet new people and also help promote the town of Grenfell.
Vicki enjoys all things sporty, including tennis, netball and fitness. Since arriving in Grenfell, Vicki has joined all of these sporting clubs. She also enjoys travelling and attending community events like the picnic races and special events.
Vicki and the Grenfell Public School P&C have organised their fundraising activities. These include the Family Bingo Night which was held in March, The Family Movie Night which will be held on 12th May and a Seafood Night to be held on the 26th May.