Tamworth Club of Zonta president Stephanie Cameron says the group is “absolutely delighted” it will continue running the Queen of Country Music Quest for the next two years.
Deputy mayor Helen Tickle said Zonta had done “an amazing job” for the past two years and the council was “very pleased” to award it the contract after opening up expressions of interest.
Entries will open early next month for the next quest, which includes a range of development and representative activities in the lead-up to the January 2019 festival.
The program will be “reasonably the same over the next couple of years”, Mrs Cameron said.
“One of the changes we’ve made is that we’re going to hold an alumni event where we’ll call all previous queens and princesses and even some past entrants to come together.”
Mrs Cameron said the quest was “really important to the young women of Tamworth”.
“It gives them an opportunity to develop themselves both professionally and personally, much more beyond the actual country music queen quest itself.”
She said the program was “really about having a female ambassador for Tamworth”.
“The Tamworth Club of Zonta is really keen to support this issue, because our vision is to empower women and girls to speak out about issues that affect women.
“We feel that by doing the development program with the queen quest, they will develop the skills and the confidence needed to be representatives for Tamworth.”