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The hunt is on for generation of people to take on the Senior Queen competition.

For 25 years a dedicated group of ladies have championed the Alexandra Blossom Festival Senior Queen competition, but the time has come to pass the baton.

The Senior Queen competition has been a fixture in the Alexandra Blossom Festival since 1996, when it was founded by Liz Pratt and her late sister-in-law, Pam Love.

The competition celebrated its Silver Jubilee last year, and along with Mrs Pratt, long-term committee members Billie Tohill and Suzette Battrick have decided it is time to step down and allow new blood to take on the role.

“It’s not a fashion parade, not a beauty contest, but a recognition of [senior women’s] contribution to our clubs and community,” Mrs Pratt said.

“That’s what it’s all about the quiet achievers working behind the scenes serving their community.”

Alexandra Blossom Festival event manager Martin McPherson said it was “wonderful” the competition had lasted the test of time to become a fixture in the festival and he thanked the original committee for their passion and commitment to the Senior Queen competition.

“The ladies have done a wonderful job honouring our senior queens these past twenty-five years and we are grateful for their dedication and care,” Mr McPherson said.

The Alexandra Blossom Festival committee is now seeking expressions of interest from people wanting to be involved in the organisation of the Senior Queen Competition.

Interested parties can contact festival event manager Martin McPherson at info@blossom.co.nz.