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Mardi Gras Princess Richelle Bethke, second from left, with runners-up Thea Applebee and Megan Abee and Graham Archdall from sponsors Heritage Bank

Graham Archdall crowns the winner, Richelle Bethke

October 2, 2014

Year 11 student Richelle Bethke has been crowned Nanango’s Mardi Gras Princess for 2014 at a special celebration on Wednesday night.

Richelle competed against two other local women, Thea Applebee and Megan Abee, for the prestigious role.

Each was asked to give a small talk in front of a crowd of local residents gathered at the Copper Country Restaurant in Nanango.

The crowd then voted for the winner in a secret ballot.

Funfest Committee president Barry Green said the voting had been a “photo finish”, with Richelle just edging out Thea and Megan who “deadheated” as runners-up.

Richelle, who will now play a major role in the Mardi Gras parade on Saturday evening, was sashed and crowned by Graham Archdall, from sponsors Heritage Bank.

She was also presented with $500 cash, gifts and a large bunch of flowers.

The three girls were sponsored by Pharmacy Essentials Nanango (Richelle), South Burnett Gas Guzzlers (Thea) and Nanango Newsagency (Megan).

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Nanango Funfest president Barry Green with 2014 Princess Richelle Bethke

Terry and Rhonda Mackrell, from the South Burnett Gas Guzzlers

Princess competition organiser Gloria Kirkness collected the votes

The Loose Cannons, and guest recorder player Shawn Riley, provided the entertainment ... from left, Marie Madigan, Stella Cisneros, Jane Erkens, Shawn Riley and Gavin Young

Graham Archdall, from Heritage Bank, with Sue Wallis, from the Funfest committee

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