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Saturday 30 th August 2014. Main day and Parade.

The Family Fun Day and Crowning.


The 2014 Royal party : Senior Princess – Amanda Swift-Devine, Miss Personality – Molly Dittmar, Prince – Bodhi Kirkup,Queen – Erin Kennedy, Junior Princess – Dusty-Rose McMahon, Charity Queen – Jorja McLeod, Teen Queen – Zoie Payne,

Teen Miss Personality – Ellie Brims.

Part of the crowd gathered around the rotunda and stageto watch the crowning ceremonies.
Happiness is … entertainment, a fine warm day and and ice cream!!!

The Australian Army Cadets ran a stall as well as the important behind the scenes traffic management, and general setting up.

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Some images of the large crowds that enjoyed the Family Fun Day in the park.

The Parade

MainSambabO002.Once again the parade was led by the enthusiastic and colourful Samba Blisstas

2013 Queen and Charity Queen Tammy Dundon accompanied by King and Queen Banana led the rest of the parade.

MainStCrowdbO038.Some of the large crowd that lined the parade route.
MainFloatbO009.The rest of the royal party with Banana Jim and Sugar Sue rode the Banana Float through the parade.


MainCasinobeefqueenbO075.Coming from Casino was the Casino Beef Week Queen and their float.

More Parade


Tweed Regional Museum Opening

The day started with an earlier event – the Official opening of the newly renovated Tweed Regional Museum.



Friday 29 th August 2014. Friday Fun Night in the Park.

The return of the Friday night entertainments was appreciated by a brave crowd that ventured out on a cold evening at Knox park. Featured was the battle of the bands and a Show and Shine of vintage and hot rod cars along with show rides for the kids and plenty of food stalls.

FridaybN024. 2013 Miss Personality – Hayley Wuyts, Miss Teen Personality –  Shelby Gilbert and Queen and Charity Queen – Tammy Dundon test out the interior of one of the cars on display.
FridaybN020. Queens and Teen Queens learn about the features of one of the cars.
FridaycN002. Three of the bands that battled it out at the Friday Fun Nigh Battle of the bands sponsored by Auto One and Bray Park Show and Shine Deli Cafe.


Friday 29 th August 2014. Window Dressing Competition.

Judging and awarding of pennants was done and the awards were:

WindowDressingaM046. First Prize – Southern Cross Credit Union
WindowDressingaM050. 2 nd Prize – Anderson’s Treasure Store.
WindowDressingaM048. Best Window associated with a school- Heidis Place and Chillingham + Tyalgum Community Preschool





This is the amount raised by our Queen candidates in the Charity Queen Quest for 2014. Funds are distributed to local charities that the entrants have chosen to support

Congratulations to Jorja Mcleod our 2014 Charity Queen who raised in excess of 15000 for her charity Tweed Palliative Support & Wedgetail Retreat.



Thursday 28 th August 2014 – Gala Dinner and Charity Queen Announcement.

CharityQueenL028. Jorja McLeod and her mother overcome with emotion as Jorja was announced the 2014 Charity Queen.


Tuesday 26 th August 2014 – Rotary Art Prize.

Teen and Queen entrants visited the Rotary Art show where they were presented.


Mixed group attending official opening of the Rotary Art Prize.


Friday 22nd August 2014 – Fashion Show Murwillumbah Civic Centre. 

The entrants had fun showing the clothes from various clothing stores as they paraded down the catwalk.


Queen presentation


Teen Queen presentation





Finale of First Half

Sunday 3 rd August  2014 – Know Your Valley Tour – Tropical Fruit World. 

Today we were the guests at Tropical Fruit World  at Duranbah.  The entrants enjoyed many of the activities there including fruit tasting, cracking Macadamia nuts (and eating), a boat ride, feeding ducks and emus, patting horses and donkeys and riding on the miniature train.


Some of the fun activities at Tropical Fruit World.




2014 Queen Candidates ride the miniature train – Erin Kennedy, Molly Dittmar, Candace Lee, Jorja McLeod, Hannah Mudge.













Some of the Royal Party- 2013 Prince Blake Taylor, Queen and Charity Queen Tammy Dundon, Miss Personality Hayley Wuyts




Sunday 20 th July 2014 – Know Your Valley Tour – Tourist Centre, Art Gallery, Pt. Danger Marine Rescue.

Queen and Teen Queen entrants visited Budd Park and teh Tourist Centre to find out a bit about the wealth of the Tweed Valley. They then travelled via Gosel’s Bus service to the Art Gallery and examined some of the cultural heritage of the Tweed.  After a small moring tea  a visit to the Point Danger Marine Rescue where they learnt of the valuable service provided by volunteer rescue services. 


Queen and Teen Queen entrants by the river in Budd park.

TouristHa068. Teen queens listen on as Tourist Centre staff explain the services of the Tourist Centre.
TouristHa059. Queen Tammy Dundon and Miss Personality Hayley Wuyts pose against the walkway mural at the Tourist Centre.
ArtGalleryHb026. Entrants receive some instructions on the operation of the Art Gallery.
ArtGalleryHa098. All contestants posed for a group photo after a morning tea on the grassed area beside the Art Gallery.
MarineRescueHa103. The entrants at Point Danger with some of the Volunteer workers with the Marine Rescue.
MarineRescueHb038. A brief lunch beside the Pt Danger Lighthouse and the Marine Rescue group currently under renovations.
MarineRescueHa157.Teen Queens Kristie Byrne, Zoie Payne, Ellie Brims and Tash Francis look concerned at the operations dashboard of a rescue craft. MarineRescueHa166.

Queens Candace Lee, Molly Dittmar, Jorja McLeod and Erin Kennedyhave the workings of the rescue boat explained to them.


GoselsbusHb042.After a fact filled day it was back on Gosel’s bus for the return trip to Murwillumbah.


Friday 18 th July – Junior entrant Disco at CWA Hall   6-8.30 pm.

Princess and Prince entrants had an exciting night of eating, dancing, eating, and games and more eating at the Junior Festival Disco Dance.  It was Dance Dance Dance to the macarena, chicken dance, gangnam style, the hokey pokey, conga line and many others. A huge display of foods kept the energy levels high.

DiscoG037. A small part of the food display.
DiscoG040. Fun and games with the Hokey Pokey.
DiscoG059. Instructions on dancing the macarena.
DiscoG060. DiscoG072. DiscoG067. Banana Jime was there to dance the night away.Some wacky outfits were part of the fun of the night.


DiscoG083. Novelty dance Knights Mounts and Cavaliers had people laughing.

Wednesday 16 th July – Tour of Condong Sugar Mill

Queens and Teen Queens visited the Condong Sugar Mill and after a short video presentation showing milling operations from the past toured the mill and learnt about the operations of the cane industry on the Tweed. 

CondongF002. Jorja Mcleod, Hannah Mudge, Zoie Payne, Kristie Byrne and Tash Francis check out the latest in fashions for mill workers.
CondongF004. If the hat fits wear it so say Sharie Keanie, Ellie Brims, Erin Kennedy, Molly Dittmar and Candace Lee at the Condong Sugar Mill.
CondongF007. Queens are given information on the delivery of the cut cane to the Mill.
CondongF010. Teen queens listen carefully to descriptions of the cane crushing process.


Sunday 29 th June Group Outing Barefoot Bowls at Condong Bowls Club. 

Queens, Teen Queens, Senior and Junior Princesses and Princes participated in barefoot bowls, and a sausage and patty sizzle. For dessert they had a fantastic mudcake provided by Troy and the staff of Wollumbin Street Bakery. 


All entrants posing with Banana Jim before tucking into the dessert.
BarefootEa011. Miss Teen Personality (back),and Teen Queen Entrant

Heather Thompson pose with junior entrants Vanesssa Taylor, Keira Paddock, Blake Taylor, Summah Young, Tiarni Brooks

Front : Karsha Watkins and

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Sausage Sizzle Queue.


Sausage Sizzle Inspector.
That Cake tasted fantastic.

Saturday 21 st June 2014 – Second Queens Outing – Heritage Lodge.

The Queens and chaperones visited Heritage Lodge and chatted with the residents and after introductions helped in serving morning tea. 

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Saturday 7th June 2014 – Cooly Rocks On Parade (formerly Wintersun).

The Royal party along with Banana Jim and Sugar Sue accompanied the Banana Festival float in the Cooly Rocks on Parade at Coolangatta. 

Banana Jim was all smiles at the great weather for the Cooly Rocks On parade.
Phoebe Murphy and Blake Taylor patiently wait for the Cooly Rocks on Parade to start.
.Cooly01. Hayley Wuyts (Miss Personality), Tammy Dundon (Charity and Festival Queen), Matilda Stephan (Senior Princess), Blake Taylor (Prince) and Phoebe Murphy (Junior Princess)
Banana Festival float in the Cooly Rocks On parade passing through Kirra. 
cooly51. Hayley, Tammy and Matilda wave to the crowd at Cooly Rocks On parade.


Sunday 1 st June 2014 – Outing 1

 Murwillumbah Museum and Chillingham Bush  Tucker Gardens.

Queens and Teen Queens travelled to Murwillumbah Museum to see the new sections and works in progress.  They found anad posed with an early trophy for the Banana Case Packing Championship and listened to some of the history of Murwillumbah and the Tweed. Later outside they also inspected the Steam engine on display.


Left to Right :Front Sharie Keanie (TQ), Katelyn Winkworth (Q), Hayley Wuyts (current Miss Personality), Tammy Dundon (current Miss Charity and Festival Queen), Hannah Mudge (Q),  Heather Thompson (TQ), Vishnu Price (TQ).Back: Avara Nance-Kivell, Tash Francis, Zoie Payne, (TQs), Erin Kennedy, Molly Dittmar, Candace Lee (Qs), Ellie Brims, Kristie Burns (TQs).
Queens and Teen Queens with old steam engine.
Bucks Barn and gardens located on the entrance to Chillingham. The shop has samples of natural food an cosmetic products as well as herbal and fruit balms and scents and skin washes. Website:
Zoie and Heather sample some of the famous Buck’s Barn products.
Teen Queens pose with Kevin Gilbert who provided information on the types of bananas and the history of banana growing in Australia and the Tweed Valley.Bucks12.


Queens pose with Gerard `Buck’ Buchanan who explained about the produce of his farm and the all natural products available there:Bucks29.

Saturday 31 st May. Casino Beef Week.

Each year the Banana festival float and current royal party travels down to Casino to take part in the Casino Beef Week parade.

Casinobeef08.Hayley, Shelby and Tammy inspect the local beef. 


Casinobeef10.Blake Taylor (P) , Matilda Stephan (SP), Hayley Wuyts, Tammy Dundon, Shelby Gilbert on the Banana Festival Float.

Wednesday 21 st May 2014 – Sashing Night

Queens and Teen Queens received their sashes and raffle books at a Sash night function at the  Murwillumbah Services Club in front of an assembled crowd of sponsors, parents charity groups and friends. Banana Jim also put in an appearance and posed with some of the entrants.Queen


Queen entrants with Banana Jim from Left : Erin Kennedy, Katelyn Winkworth, Hannah Mudge, Candace Lee, Molly Dittmar, Hayley Wuyts (reigning Miss Personality), Tammy Dundon (reigning Charity Queen and Banana Festival Queen).
Absent: Jorja McLeod


Teen Queen entrants with Banana Jim from Left: Heather Thompson, Ellie Brims,
Shari Keanie, Vishnu Price, Tash Francis, Zoie Payne, Avara Nance-Kivell


Sunday 18 th May 2014. Orientation Day.

Queens and Teen Queens met at the Murwillumbah Services Club for an information day. Topics covered included dressing for the occasion, makeup, preparing speeches and speaking in general. The itinerary and changes were discussed .

The entrants received instructions on preparing and making speeches.