Last weekend saw the annual Blue Jeans Country Queen festival take place in Athboy, Co. Meath, with the crowning of a new queen.
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Last weekend saw the annual Blue Jeans Country Queen festival take place in Athboy, Co. Meath, with the crowning of a new queen.

The winner of the competition was announced to be Wexford native, Alison Sinnott.

There were numerous entrants this year from all over the country, and even a few contenders from overseas. The festival was organised by Macra na Feirme and was sponsored by Athboy Credit Union.

Now in its 30th year there was loads on offer to all the festival goers. There were family frfiendly events and activities, live music and much more on offer.

The festival was opened by Tina Growney, this year’s Athboy Community Person of the year. Prior to the start of the festival all the queen wannabes were required to undertake a team building exercise on the Causey Farm experience.

The contestants were then interviewed onstage by the IFA President, Joe Healy, before the announcing of the winner. Allison received her prize and was dubbed this year’s Blue Jeans Country Queen on the Sunday night much to her delight.

Before that though the queens had to put on their football boots and play in a Reeling in the years inspired fancy dress football match.

Alison received a whopping €1,000 prize, upon winning the competition. She also received a tiara and sash and she will be known as the official queen for the next 12 months.

The weekends runners up were awarded €500 for second place and €300 for third. The festival and competition was judged by Samantha Baldwin, who was a former winner of the competition in 1987.

Joining Samantha as judges was judge John Conway, a former Macra Leinster vice president and John Thompson from the Ulster Young Farmers Clubs.

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