THE Tamworth Country Music Festival’s queen quest means different things to each entrant, but for former Bingara girl Adrienne Johnson it’s a chance to take a big step out of her comfort zone.
“I wanted to experience a different side of the festival and thought I would give it a go,” she said.
“I’m a fairly quiet person so to be thrown into different situations, with the crowds and meeting so many new people, is a great challenge.
“It’s also a chance to represent Tamworth and my workplace in something that’s so important for the whole Tamworth area.”
Adrienne, 22, who’s sponsored by her employer, St George Bank, said she loved getting out and about during the festival, from watching the buskers in Peel St to catching a gig or two at one of the venues around town.
She moved to Tamworth from Bingara in 2006 to complete years 11 and 12 at Calrossy Anglican School and has now made it her home.
Adrienne started working for the bank in 2012 where she’s employed as a customer service officer.
She said her role allowed her to meet new people and learn about the many different aspects of the banking industry.
With a passion for fashion, Adrienne dreams of one day opening a boutique, and also enjoys the cinema, restaurants and the local nightlife.
Catching up with her family in Bingara, spending time with friends, and her and her fiance’s two dogs are also priorities.
The couple plan to make their home in the Tamworth area, Adrienne saying it had so much to offer.
The festival, she said, was the perfect advertisement for all these attributes.
“There is such a laidback atmosphere and diversity within the region,” she said.
“It’s good for visitors to see Tamworth and realise it’s got all the amenities of a city but with that small town feel, where you can walk down the street and always run into someone you know.”