Moura Festival entrants crowned
CROWNED the queens of the Moura Coal and Country Festival Ball, three local ladies are bringing class, sophistication and poise to the annual event this week.
Moura woman Katrina Gasnier was crowned Entrant of the Year at the glitzy Wild West themed ball on the weekend, with local businesswoman Sharon Edmistone topping the fundraising charts at more than $12,400.
In total, the girls raised close to $29,000 to keep the week-long annual celebrations running well into the future.
The three nominees were the best-dressed at the weekend's Entrant of the Year Ball, as the Moura and surrounding community kicked up their heels and boots to celebrate the first day of the week's festivities.
Entrant of the Year Katrina Gasnier said taking part in the quest had served as a warm welcome to the Moura community after she moved to the area earlier in the year.
"As someone new to the town, I really like the community feeling I get here, so it really gave me the opportunity to get more involved in the community and tap into the community spirit," Mrs Gasnier said.
"I'm really enjoying meeting a lot of new people that maybe I wouldn't have met otherwise.
"I'd really like to thank the judges for their time on the day and sponsor Moura RSL."
The three nominees have campaigned tirelessly since April to raise funds to keep the Moura Coal and Country Festival alive.
Fundraiser of the Year crown was a close race and saw Sharon Edmistone take the crown for raising more than $12,400, but runner-up Ashlee Rawsthorne was near the mark at around $12,000.
"I have always been community-involved and decided the quest was a great opportunity to get my name out there," Mrs Edmistone said.
"I quite enjoyed the competition. It was very long and tiring but I'm really happy with the results."
Mrs Edmistone said the support from local individuals and businesses had a massive role in the livelihood of the festival.
"It's great to see the community come together to support all these events, because without their support the festival wouldn't exist," she said.
"It has been a great experience and I couldn't have done it without sponsors T&C Excavations and Moura Bowls Club."
The Moura Coal and Country Festival celebrations continue this weekend, with the Grand Parade kicking off at 10.30am tomorrow.