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Nominations still open for the 2018 Queen of Country Music Quest

20 October 2017
This week, 14 Queen of Country Music Quest entrants participated in their first official development activity as part of Zonta’s 2018 Queen of Country Music Quest personal and professional development program.
From now until the end of the 2018 Toyota Country Music Festival Queen Quest entrants as they are commonly known will participate in a range of personal and professional development opportunities including public speaking development; etiquette training; confidence coaching; styling, image and grooming tips, as well as formal media training and Ms. Stephanie Cameron, President of Zonta, is encouraging more young women to get involved.
“The 14 entrants we have to date, are a wonderful representation of the Tamworth community and speak to Zonta’s vision of female empowerment through service and advocacy, but we would like to see even more young women take the opportunity to be a part of the 2018 Queen of Country Music Quest,” Ms. Cameron said.
Traditionally the Queen Quest operates with a minimum 15 entrants, but this year Zonta is seeking up to 20 young women to participate in what can only be described as one of the most significant and extremely worthwhile programs for any young woman looking to further her self-development.
“We are so pleased to welcome the young ladies we have so far and acknowledge that a number of their sponsors are participating for the first time which is testament to the program we offer, but naturally things happen and some entrants may not be able to commit to the entire program, so we would like to see some more people come on board to ensure the success of the 2018 Queen Quest,” says Ms Cameron.
In 2017, the Queen Quest started with 20 entrants and by the end of the program, only 13 remained.
“The Queen Quest is not just a one-week event,” Ms. Cameron explains. “Zonta’s focus is to empower women to grow in confidence and make a significant contribution to the community year-round, and while the country music festival does involve a significant commitment and role for the ‘Queens’ we are developing skills in these young ladies that can be used beyond the Festival throughout their lives.”
Ms. Cameron says that Zonta understands the Queen Quest is a big commitment for both entrants and sponsors with entrants required to attend organised training and events - which are currently scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday evenings between 6.00 pm and 9.00 pm - and then for the full 10 days during the 2018 country music festival and believes that the program is extremely worthwhile in helping young women achieve their full potential.
Although the program has officially started Zonta will be accepting further applications until Friday, 3 November 2017. Zonta is also able to match entrants with sponsors if they are unable to secure a sponsor themselves.
Entrants will be judged during the 2018 Toyota Country Music Festival with the major honours -- Queen and Princess of Country Music -- announced at a gala dinner at the Tamworth Jockey Club on Sunday, 28 January 2018 The winner will be awarded the major prize, which this year is a trip to Tamworth’s sister city, Gore in New Zealand where she will represent Tamworth at the 2018 Gore Country Music Festival.
Both the Queen and Princess will be ambassadors for Tamworth and the region throughout 2018, spending the next 12 months involved in a range of high-profile civic and community events, guest speaking engagements and corporate and festival functions.

For further information and to nominate head to www.tcmf.com.au