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If the cap fits ... Gore Country Music Queen committee convenor Vanessa Harvey holds the hat the new queen will wear after she is crowned at the competition awards evening in May 8. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

After a gap of 14 years, royalty will once again grace Gore’s premier music event with the return of the Gore Country Music Queen contest.

The queen will attend the MLT New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards, being held from May 25 to June 2.

The competition to find a new queen will be run by the Gore Country Music Club.

Competition committee convener Vanessa Harvey said the competition had undergone many changes since it started.

“To start off it was Miss Gold Guitar – that was in 1979.”

In 2005 the competition was renamed the Young Ambassador Competition and was open to male and female contestants.

Latterly the competition had been renamed the Gore District Ambassador competition and was organised by the Gore District Council.

The revamped competition was open to women aged between 18 and 30, Miss Harvey said.

“It’s more about empowering women and we’re wanting to give a young woman the opportunity to grow.”

Before the queen was named at the contest awards evening on May 8, contestants would have the chance to learn new skills, including public speaking, from Gore Toastmasters Club members.

The contestants would also be able to choose an outfit from H&J Smith department store to wear at the competition awards night and gain makeup tips from The Sanctuary Beauty and Hair staff.

Part of the prize package was representing the district at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January 2020.

As a past winner of the competition she knew how important it was to be able to speak in public, Miss Harvey said.

“There’s a lot of impromptu speaking [in Tamworth].

“You’ll just go to an event and they’ll say ‘can you please speak on behalf of Gore or on behalf of the country music club? Can you talk about the history of Gore’.”

  • Entries for the Gore Country Music Queen competition will open on March 25.
  • Information about the event can be found on the website www.goldguitars. co.nz.