GOOD EXCUSE: Richelle Bethke sees The Mardi Gras Princess competition as a reason to dress up and represent the town she loves.
GOOD EXCUSE: Richelle Bethke sees The Mardi Gras Princess competition as a reason to dress up and represent the town she loves. Tessa Mapstone

Potential princess keen to represent

RICHELLE Bethke was looking for an excuse to get dressed up.

On Wednesday night she will have the opportunity to roll out an outfit that is a bit different for the Nanango Mardi Gras Princess competition.

"I got a shawl made out of faux crow feathers," she said.

"I like something really different and that's what I was aiming for and I really got that.

"I don't know what people will think of it but I really like it."

The 16-year-old year 11 student is proud to have the chance to represent the town she has spent her whole life in.

She is hoping to take out the title of Mardi Gras Princess and lead the parade through George and Drayton streets on Saturday evening.

"I go to school in Kingaroy and I get a lot of feedback about our town," she said.

"And this is always interesting to me.

"We're a very different town to Kingaroy, a lot smaller.

"I see a lot of older people in town and it makes me really appreciative of the kindness we show to each other as a town."

The crowning of the Mardi Gras Princess will be on Wednesday night, with the girls judged by the crowd on the night.

All other events will be held on Saturday around Pioneer Park.

The parade will be held at the new time of 5:30pm on Saturday starting in George St.

Organiser Sue Wallis said families could take advantage of a ride pass for discounted rides between 12 noon and 4pm.

 

Heritage Nanango Mardi Gras

Princess awards Wednesday, 6pm at the Copper Country, tickets $20.

Baby show Saturday, 2:30pm, Pioneer Park.

Show rides begin at 12noon and continue until 9pm.

King and Queen of the Mountain and Litlin Dash from 4pm-5:30pm.

Fireworks will be piped in by the Bundaberg Caledonian Pipe Band at 8pm.