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The Tweed Valley Banana Festival has been running since 1956.    

It is established as a non-profit charity and in more recent years  it has with the valuable help of many generous business

sponsors provided the Tweed valley with a platform for the raising of funds for a number of charities. Each year the festival,

through its volunteer workers and the entrants in the Queen, Teen Queen, Prince and Junior and Senior Princess events

has raised and distributed in excess of $15000 to various charities as well as provide a mix of free and commercial

entertainments.

   This has included a family fun day in the park, fashion parade and ball. Other events have combined to help and take advantage

of the advertising the festival provides for the Tweed Valley and its community. 

   The festival is a valuable resource providing experiences for quest participants in public speaking, developing confidence and

having an enjoyable time.  The queen and teen queen entrants in particular develop skills and confidence in speaking before various audiences as well as the information from tours of the valley which will make them Ambassadors  for this wonderful valley we occupy.

 

Saturday 31 st August 2013. Main day Parade and Family Funday in Knox Park. 

Thousands of people lined the street to watch the 58 th Banana Festival Procession as it travelled

from the Showground, through the main streets and finished at Knox park. 

 

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The ever popular Samba Blisstas put on a great show as they marched down main street exciting the crowds for what was to come.

 
 
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Jessica Mattner 2012 queen in her final hours waves to the crowd .
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The junior Royals: Senior Princess- Matilda Stephan,

Junior Princess – Phoebe Murphy,

Prince – Blake Taylor

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Shanti Mead was announced as Teen Queen.
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Shelby Gilbert took out the Teen Miss Personality
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Tammy Dundon was crowned 2013 Banana Festival Queen
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Hayley Wuyts looking happy as Miss Personality.
 

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Friday 30 th August.  Charity Ball.This included the  announcement of Charity Queen Tammy Dundon and cheque presentations to the various charities.

 

 

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The moment is captured as Tammy Dundon is announced Charity Queen for 2013Tammy was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Murwillumbah Central and her charity was Story Dogs Inc
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Tammy presents a cheque for $7109 to representatives of Storydogs  Inc.Storydogs is a not for profit reading support program operating in Australia.;

 

 

Friday 30 th August. Announcement of King and Queen Banana at Coles 

 

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Wednesday 28 th August 2013. The judging of the window decoration competition was concluded . This included Best Window decorated by a school. 

WColesa018 !st :Coles was judged best overall in display and costumed staff.

 

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More entrants…

Tuesday 27 th August 2013. Rotary Art Show was attended by the Queens and Teen Queens as they admired the works of art on display. 

 

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Sunday 25 th August 2013. Queens , Teen Queens, Princesses and Princes and their chaperones  attended All Saints Anglican Church in Byangum Rd for the Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Friday 23 rd August 2013. Banana Festival Fashion Parade.Festival entrants paraded in clothes from various fashion houses at the Civic centre on Friday night to a packed house. Fashions were provided by :Chozen, Fresh, KC’s, Lotza Sole, Margie’s Boutique, Muse, Outdoorism, Pharside, Rockmans, Sports World, Steampunk and Target Country.

 

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Wednesday 7th August 2013. Condong Mill Excursion. Queens and Teen Queens had an educational night tour of Condong Sugar Mill where they learnt about the sugar industry and how sugar cane is processed to make a variety of sugars and sugar related products.

 

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Sunday 4 th August . Tropical Fruit World Excursion.

The Queens, Teen Queens, Senior and Junior Princesses and the Princes all travelled to Tropical Fruit World for a fruit tasting and fun on Adventure Island and meet up with some friendly kangaroos and other animals. 

 

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Sunday 21 st July Tourist Centre and Point Danger Marine Rescue Information Day. The Queens and Teen Queens visited Budd Park at South Murwillumbah where they inspected the river bank works, followed by a tour of the Tourist centre . It was then aboard Gosel’s bus to travel to Point Danger and learn about the Marine Rescue service. 

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Candace Lee, Jessica Pederson, Kiara James, 2012 Queen Jessica Mattner, Tammy Dundon, Hayley Wuyts and Laura Gilbert pose on the pontoon by the river at Budd Park.

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Tourism Officers Sirpa and Brian pose with Teen Queens Shanti Mead, Heather Thompson, Stephanie Hart, Amanda McCaughey, Tash Francis and Front Current Teen Queen Layce Andrews, Teen Miss Personality Rhen Francis, and Hayley Boan.

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At Point Danger Teen Queens and Queen entrants had a cross border tug of war cheered on by the 2012 Teen Queen and Queen.

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The Banana Festival entrants have been transported around the Tweed valley this year with the generous support of Gosel’s Bus Service.

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Queen and teen queen entrant pose with one of the rescue boats they inspected.

 Sunday 14 th July – Barefoot Bowls Day. Queens, Teen Queens, Senior Princesses , Junior Princesses and Princes and their chaperones attended the Condong Bowling Club for Barefoot Bowls and a BBQ and cake eating. 

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Queen Entrant Tammy Dundon chats with a group of princesses

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Teen Queen entrant Shanti Mead and friends enjoy the rich chocolate cake.

Saturday 22nd June – Heritage Lodge and Orientation Day.The Queen entrants and chaperones attended Heritage Lodge to chat with residents and help with morning tea.

In the afternoon they were joined by the Teen Queen entrants for an Orientation course where they learned about preparing to speak in front of audiences and makeup and dress.

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Saturday 8th June – the 2012 Royal Party attended Cooly Rocks On parade at Kirra and Coolangatta. Once again the festival float and its party provided advertising for the Tweed Valley and Banana Industry, as they paraded through the streets of Kirra and Coolangatta before a crowd of 1000’s. 

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Sunday 2nd June 2013 the queen and teen queen festival entrants visited Buck’s Barn at Chillingham where they learnt of the variety of special fruit available in the Tweed Valley.

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Saturday 25 th May – the 2012 Royal Party attended the Beef Week Parade at Casino.The Tweed Valley Banana Festival float and royal party was there advertising the Tweed Valley and the Banana and Sugar Cane industries. 

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2013 Sashing Night at Murwillumbah  Services Memorial Club

On Thursday 23rd May,  6 festival queen entrants were sashed before a crowd of approximately 60 spectators.

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As well 8 teen queen entrants were present to receive their sashes.

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