Miss Princess is crowned for one last time as era ends

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 the crowning ceremony at Macarthur Square.
Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, with the 2016 Miss Princess Kyla Stephens and long time quest organiser, Marie Rutledge at the crowning ceremony at Macarthur Square.

This year’s Festival of Fisher’s Ghost parade could be the last one held during the day.

There are plans afoot to have a night time parade to coincide with the introduction of new festival features such as light shows after dark.

Whatever happens, this year’s parade on Saturday, November 5 will definitely be the last one to include the Miss Princess Quest entrants.

The Festival of Fisher’s Ghost Miss Princess Quest was held for the last time this year, following a review of events held as part of the festival.

On the weekend, Kyla Stephens, 12, from Kearns, was crowned the last ever Miss Princess at a ceremony at Macarthur Square.

Kyla received a $500 Macarthur Square gift card, a trophy and a handmade gold ring from Evans & Son Jewellers.

Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, congratulated Kyla and all the Miss Princess Quest entrants, on their community spirit and achievements.

“Kyla should be very proud she has taken out the honour of festival princess,’’ the mayor said.

“It will be an amazing opportunity for her to learn about Campbelltown, become more involved in her community and be part of our longest running festival,” he said.

“The judges had a tough job again this year, with so many outstanding entrants. We have such fantastic young people in Campbelltown who are proud to live here and willing to get involved in community activities.”

Natalie-Mia Watts, 9, of Eagle Vale was awarded the Miss Princess Runner Up title, and received a $300 Macarthur Square gift card and a handmade gold ring from Evans & Sons Jewellers, while 11-year-old Bradbury resident, Kimberley Castle, was named winner of the June Dally-Watkins Junior Development Course, courtesy of June Dally-Watkins Education and Training.

Bella Burney-Wilkie and Sienna Hansen were highly commended and each won a McDonald’s Birthday Party for 10 children.

Maia Burney-Wilkie, Isabelle Brunero, Tamia Fasson, Courtney Brown and Breanna Angel-May Cunningham, were also highly commended, and were each awarded a $50 Macarthur Square gift card.

Cr Brticevic thanked Miss Princess Quest organiser, Marie Rutledge, for all her hard work and dedication to making the quest such a success for more than 20 years.

“Marie and her team have worked diligently behind the scenes to ensure that not only did the quest run smoothly, but that all the young ladies who participated learnt a lot and enjoyed the experience,” he said.

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“While it is sad to see the end of this long-standing event, organisers can be proud of the quest and the part it has played in the growth of our very popular festival.”



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