Calling all senior women — now is your time to shine.

Nominations for the 2023 Alexandra Blossom Festival Senior Queen have opened and the community has until September 3 to nominate the women who work to improve life for those around them.

The Senior Queen has been a fixture in the Alexandra Blossom Festival since 1996, celebrating senior women and their contribution to the community.

Now championed by the Clyde and Districts Lions Club, Senior Queen shone a spotlight on those who were often behind the scenes, bringing them front and centre.

Lions Club representative and former Senior Queen entrant Sue Noble-Adams said the event was about the women having a ‘‘fun experience’’.

‘‘It’s not about beauty or fashion, it’s a way to say thank you, a recognition of what they’ve done in the community.’’

Ms Noble-Adams encouraged clubs and individuals to nominate women over 65 who had contributed to their communities.

‘‘There’s so many women out there who have done so much — this is about recognising them,’’ she said.

Nominees would enjoy a high tea and meet the judges on September 12 with the Senior Queen crowned at the Alexandra District Club on September 19.

Alexandra Blossom Festival event manager Martin McPherson said the Senior Queen had been a special part of the Alexandra Blossom Festival for more than two decades.

‘‘The Senior Queen has been a cornerstone event of the festival for 26 years and we are excited for it to continue into a new chapter,’’ he said. Î Entry forms and more information is available from the Clyde and Districts Lions Club, or by contacting Sue Noble-Adams on 027 224-7515.