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Australia's Largest Music Festival. 10 days. 700 Artists. 2800+ Events

19-28 January 2018



2016 Queen of Country Music

Madeline Lang


A country girl at heart, Maddy has always loved the great atmosphere the Country Music Festival provides. Shes loves that you can just walk down the street and enjoy some wonderful entertainment.

Maddy decided to enter the Queen Quest as she would love to be an ambassador for the Tamworth Region. She loves the festival and would love to see more people of all ages coming to our wonderful town.

Maddy was nominated by her employer at Ray White Real Estate where she is a personal assistant to the director. 

She enjoys horse riding, training her dog, photography, books and spending time with family and friends. 

Maddy enjoys the diversity the Tamworth region has to offer. She says, 'We have all of the amenities of a large city, yet we still maintain the relaxed atmosphere'.




2015 Queen of Country Music

Katrina Higgins


Having grown up in Tamworth, the Country Music Festival is something Katrina has always enjoyed each January. 
She loves the atmosphere of the event, the busking, discovering new talent, supporting stars who travel back to Tamworth for their fans, the boost it gives to our economy, the visitors, and, of course, the country music! 

Katrina jumped at the chance to enter this year’s quest when asked by her employer at Tamworth Shoppingworld Centre Management where she is an Administration Assistant.  Shoppingworld is one of Tamworth’s leading shopping destinations and Katrina thoroughly enjoys the customer service aspect of her job. 

Katrina is a mum to three children, 6 year old son Koby, 4 year old daughter Kora and 2 year old son Jordi.  She describes herself as a social butterfly, dividing her spare time between her love for playing Oz tag (a form of touch football), reading, traveling, attending concerts and enjoying good food and fine wine.

Katrina loves living in Tamworth. She feels it has everything the big cities have but with the friendliness and ease of country living.  She also loves the fresh country air and great outdoor spaces.  


2014 Queen of Country Music

Lucinda Whitehorn


When Lucinda Whitehorn decided to participate in the 2014 Queen of Country Music Quest, she entered wanting to have a different Country Music Festival to the one she has had since she was a child. She certainly achieved her goal. While on her quest journey, Lucinda gained a greater appreciation for the organisation and teamwork that goes into presenting such a large event and managed to make many new friends.

Currently employed by Tamworth Regional Council as a Business Support Officer in the Regional Services Directorate and next year she will have a new challenges when she makes a move to the Risk and Compliance unit. Lucinda recently completed her studies in Local Government and says that one of her significant achievements was to finish while continuing to work full time.

In April 2014 Lucinda took part in the charity bike ride “Tour De Rocks” which raises funds for cancer. She also enjoys playing Oztag where she competes with three separate teams and participates in the Tamworth Park Run.

Having lived in Tamworth all her life, Lucinda says Tamworth is wonderfully situated with all the great facilities you would find in the city but always staying true to its country roots. Lucinda has loved representing Tamworth and the Country Music Festival during her time as Queen of Country Music for 2014 and looks forward to meeting all the entrants participating in the 2015 Queen of Country Music Quest.


2013 Queen of Country Music 

Sophie Dewhurts
BUSY GIRL SOPHIE Dewhurst works as an full time apprentice hairdresser where she commenced her trade as a school-based apprentice, she is also employed by 360 Fitness Club as a fitness instructor and has recently started her own spray tanning business from home. At just 18 years of age, Sophie manages to juggle all of this with only just completing school last year at Calrossy, at the same time she also spends a considerable amount of time raising money for charity and volunteering from head shaves, relay for life and various cancer council functions. While she is not busy working or volunteering, she attends local productions and enjoys design and technology. For the future, Sophie would like to turn time the old Regent Cinema into a performing arts centre, be a qualified hairdresser and study make up part time while also completing a Bachelor of Theatre and Performance through distance. Sophie recently won runner-up in the region for school-based apprenticeship for 2012 and place second in a Kevin Murphy Online International Hairdressing competition. This competition received 580 entries from 16 countries from hairdressers at all levels. Sophie has lived in Tamworth all her life and is grateful for the opportunities the town has given her in all her passions.
Sophie is sponsored by her employers, Jess and James Hair and Make-up.
Year Queen Princess
2012 Dimity Chaseling Shae McIntosh
2011 Sally Laurie Zoe Allen
2010 Anna Redden Lauren McPherson
2009 Jacqui Marsden Stephanie Whitbread 
2008 Renae Sweeney

Monty Maquire

2007 Leanne Coddington Katie Alchin
2006 Kasey McCulloch Emma Skey
2005 Emma Bock Olivia Morgan
2004 Katie Doherty Patricia Bowden
2003 Laura Camilleri

Kim O'Neil

2002 Rebecca Redfern Bree Nethery
2001 Amanda Walters Laura Daley
2000 Sophie Hearne Rebecca Theis
1999 Jolene Speadborough Lyndal Blom
1998 Jacinta Graham Lisa Baldock
1997 Kelly-Ann Tait Natalie Hardy
1996 Leanne Clark  
1995 Karen Bliss  
1994 Karen Thompson  
1993 Cherie Hudson  
1992 Melissa harford  
1991 Alison Wilson  
1990 Lynette Dallas  
1989 Sonia White  
1988 Sally Wauch  
1987 Andrea Paull  
1986 Cheryl Byrnes  
1985 Salle Campbell  
1984 Christine Little